Think Tank Participation



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 priorities – human dimensions– of Large-Scale MPAs (LSMPAs) in support of furthering best-practices for these vast sites. The workshop builds upon the 2011 Marine Conservation Think Tank that convened bio-physical scientists and site managers that produced the first ever Research Agenda for Large-Scale MPAs.

WHEN: February 8-10, 2016 (with additional meetings for invited participants Feb. 11-12, see Week-at-a-glance link below below)

WHERE: Honolulu, Hawai’i

LOCATION: Outrigger Ala Moana Hotel

WEEK-AT-A-GLANCE: Click Here for a brief overview of the week.

ACCOMMODATIONS:  A room block with special conference pricing has been made at the Outrigger Ala Moana Hotel (same hotel as the workshop). The cut-off date to make reservations is January 8, 2016.  A credit card deposit of one-night will be due at the time of booking a reservation. Rates are valid 3 nights prior or post, based on availability.

To make reservations:

  • Use the code or reference “Big Ocean”
  • Either call 808-955-4811 (direct) or toll-free (800) 367-6025
  • Register online: Click Here

Room rates, inclusive of tax:

  • Single occupancy: $181.20 per night, Kona Tower (one queen bed)
  • Double occupancy: $203.99 per night, Waikiki Tower (one King bed or two double beds)
  • Third or Fourth persons are $50

VISAS: You are responsible for handling your own visa requirements to enter the United States from your respective country. If you need a list requirements, please see the US Department of State’s website.

NEED HELP? If you need further assistance or have trouble making reservations, please call or email Lee-Ann Choy for assistance: tel. +1-808-864-9812 | email:


BO web sponsorsAs well as the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, Great Barrier Reef Foundation, Center for Ocean Solutions, Stanford University, and Oceana

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