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

Australia CMR estate

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


‘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 […]

Big Ocean Co-Authored Paper Released at World Parks Congress 2014


A special issue of Aquatic Conservation, within which a paper written by Big Ocean members and partners, was just launched at the 2014 World Parks Congress during the event––Last Exits to Aīchi,Towards IMPAC 4 and 2020. To learn more about the paper “Large marine protected areas – advantages and challenges of going big” see this link: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/enhanced/doi/10.1002/aqc.2499 […]

Australia’s Commonwealth Marine Reserve Network joins Big Ocean

Whale Shark

Big Ocean welcomes the Australian Commonwealth Marine Reserve Network, as a new member site. Established in 2012, the collection of 59 individual marine reserves (or MPAs) cover a little over 2.8 million km² and form one of the largest representative networks of marine protected areas in the world. The marine reserves represent examples of all […]

Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument joins Big Ocean


The Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument today joins Big Ocean ––the only international peer-learning network created by managers, for managers to build the professional standards practice for large-scale marine managed areas globally. “Effectively managing the newly expanded Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument will be aided by forging meaningful partnerships with experts, colleagues, communities, […]

Big Ocean Presents at First Joint Meeting of Sargasso Sea Commission


Big Ocean was invited to present at the First Joint Meeting of Hamilton Declaration Signatories and the Sargasso Sea Commission on 20 October 2014. It was part of Day One discussions  on the global context of marine conservation, on-the-ground lessons learned from large-scale managed areas, and monitoring and ocean health tools. Guest presenters included:  Prof. […]

Natural Park of the Coral Sea joins Big Ocean

With the addition of the Natural Park of the Coral Sea (le Parc naturel de la mer de Corail) to Big Ocean, a vast marine area roughly the size of India, is being added to the 3.2million squared kilometers of the global seas already being managed by existing member sites. “I am convinced that the international […]

Big Ocean presents at the 2014 UN Small Islands Developing States Conference


As most current Big Ocean member sites are connected to island communities, it was natural for the network to participate in the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (UNSIDS), held from 1 to 4 September 2014 in Apia, Samoa. The Conference focused the world’s attention on a group of countries that remain a […]

Big Ocean supports launch of Very Large Scale Task Force


       The Very Large Marine Protected Area Task Force (VLMPATF) was launched at IMPAC 3 via a partnership between Big Ocean and IUCN / WCPA-Marine. The purpose of this Task Force, which is one of five being supported by IUCN, is to directly respond to the global call for increased management of coastal and marine areas […]

Big Ocean publishes first-ever research agenda for large-scale marine managed areas


Big Ocean is pleased to announce the release of a research agenda that highlights the unique scientific needs and challenges of large-scale marine protected areas (MPAs). The shared agenda provides a framework for collaborative research among Big Ocean sites, as well as other large MPAs. The primary aims of this plan are to capitalize on […]