Inaugural meeting of the world’s largest marine managed areas


Founding member site managers and partners gathered for a historic photo to document the first ever meeting of managers of the world’s largest MPAs in Honolulu. Photo credit: Big Ocean

Site managers from the world’s largest MPAs met on December 6, 2010 in Honolulu and launched Big Ocean: A Network of the Worlds Large-Scale Marine Managed Areas. Co-convened by the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument and World Heritage Site and the Phoenix Islands Protected Area and World Heritage Site under a bi-lateral “sister-site” relationship, this historic, inaugural meeting produced the first ever Managers’ Communiqué on the importance, contributions and needs of large-scale MPAs. Recognizing the need to learn from each other the participating site managers worked over an entire day to produce a clearly outlined purpose for the network––to improve the effectiveness of large scale MPA management efforts by serving as a learning resource and supportive peer network for member sites as well as new or proposed large-scale sites.

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