Large-Scale Marine Protected Area Guidance


Big Ocean in partnership with the IUCN WCPA Large-Scale MPA Task Force is pleased to announce the launch of Large-Scale Marine Protected Areas: Guidelines for design and management, Best Practice Protected Area Guidelines Series, No. 26, at the 4th International Marine Protected Areas Congress. To download, click here! The publication was initially conceived of as […]

‘Going Big’ at IMPAC4


As Chile and IMPAC4 extend a warm welcome to Marine Protected Areas (MPA) friends and practitioners from across the world, Big Ocean is working to highlight the importance of Large-Scale MPAS (LSMPAs) specifically. We have developed a 1-page informational flyer that features a selection of sessions lead by our partners. We hope to increase our collective understanding of, and successful engagement in, […]

UK Overseas Territory MPAs Scale-up Marine Protection


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


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


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


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


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

Image courtesy of the Palau National Marine Sanctuary Campaign.

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


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

Te Tai Nui a Hau Pakatai

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 […]