UK Overseas Territory MPAs Scale-up Marine Protection

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Foreign Office Minister Sir Alan Duncan will today announce plans to double the area of ocean under marine protection around the UK Overseas Territories to around four million square kilometres – greater than the landmass of India. This will involve the permanent closure of an additional one million square kilometres of ocean to commercial fishing, to […]

President announces expansion of Papahānaumokuākea

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On Friday, August 26, 2016, President Obama signed a proclamation expanding the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Previously the largest contiguous fully-protected conservation area in the United States at 139,797 square miles (362,073 km2), the expanded boundaries make it once again the biggest protected area on the planet at 582,578 square miles (1,508,870 km2), nearly the […]

Best Practice Standards for Large-Scale MPAs

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The Guidelines for the Design and Management of Large-Scale MPAs, is a publication being developed in partnership with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) Large-Scale MPA Task Force (LSMPATF). Intended to outline the known benefits and challenges–as well as provide practical guidance–the publication was written with managers and their teams in mind, as […]

Think Tank Outcomes

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The recent Think Tank on Human Dimensions of Large Scale Marine Protected Areas (LSMPAs) held in Hawai’i, saw 125 participants from 17 countries, including leadership from 10 LSMPAs and representation from 16 academic institutions come to the table to support enhancement of management and social science research for the largest MPAs on earth. Outcomes are […]

Think Tank Participation

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THINK TANK REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. If you have questions or need assistance please contact Big Ocean. WHAT: 3-day Think Tank on the Human Dimensions of Large Scale Marine Protected Areas PURPOSE: To bring together a diverse community of managers, cultural practitioners, policy-makers, donors, and scholars to explore the social, cultural, political, institutional, and economic considerations and […]

Full protection for 80% of Palau’s national maritime territory

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In recent years, the trend in the Pacific has been for tiny nations to make very big conservation commitments. Palau has just followed suit by designating 80 percent of the nation’s maritime territory as ʻfully protectedʻ through the Palau National Marine Sanctuary Act. “Today is a historic day for Palau, proving that a small island nation can have a big […]

ʻGoing Big’ in the Kermadecs

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A vast stretch of New Zealand’s exclusive economic zone is being turned into an ocean sanctuary that will join ranks with the world’s largest marine managed areas. Prime Minister John Key announced the new site, which will encompass 620,000 km2 in the seas north-east of New Zealand in the Kermadec region. The Kermadec Ocean sanctuary will be […]

Te Tai Nui A Hau

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TE TAI NUI A HAU––the proposed large scale MPA of the Marquesas was a guest site at Big Ocean’s 6th Business Meeting held in Sydney in conjunction with the 2014 World Parks Congress. The video (3:45min) showcases the amazing qualities of the proposed large-scale site and the importance of culture and intergenerational connection of community […]

14 Member Sites help protect more than 7 million square kilometers of ocean

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In the months leading up to the 2014 World Parks Congress, Big Ocean’s membership doubled with the addition of seven large-scale MPAs from New Caledonia, the United States, and Australia. Member sites are currently all of the 14 established large-scale MPAs world wide. Collectively, these sites represent seven countries and are helping to protect more than 7 million […]

Big Ocean hosts a Google + Hangout

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‘Going Big’ with Marine Protection was the Google + Hangout hosted by Big Ocean during the 2014 World Parks Congress. As the issue of  achieving protection targets through ‘going big’ has brought added scrutiny to the subject of large scale MPAs, the presenters sought to highlight the unique benefits of these sites to enhance ocean management and governance […]