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 […]

Synergies in Marine Conservation–a Big Ocean Mix & Mingle Event

Mix & Mingle WPC

In conjunction with  the  2014 World Parks Congress, Big Ocean is hosting–Synergies in Marine Conservation–an event, co-sponsored by New England Aquarium, Conservation International & the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. Contact Big Ocean if you  would like to join in this fun, informal opportunity to connect with colleagues involved in protection of large scale, high seas, […]

6th Network Business Meeting


    11 November 2014 ~ Sydney, Australia Big Ocean will convene its 6th Network Business Meeting in conjunction with the 2014 World Parks Congress (WPC) 12-19 November 2014. This meeting will be a 1-day gathering for members. Following the meeting there will be a social event open to colleagues attending the Congress.  For more […]

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 […]

Cook Islands Marine Park joins Big Ocean


As part of its strategy to implement the recently established Cook Islands Marine Park – currently the largest MPA in the world – the Cook Islands’ government recently accepted the invitation to formally join Big Ocean: A Network of World’s Large-Scale Marine Managed Areas. Upon acceptance of the network’s invitation to become a member site […]

5th Network Business Meeting


    Big Ocean will convene its fifth business meeting in conjunction with the Third International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC3) hosted by l’Agence des Aires Marines Protégées (AAMP) being held in Marseilles, France 21-27 October, 2013.  In lieu of the standard Learning Exchange, Big Ocean will host a consultative workshop on the Guidelines for the […]

2012 World Conservation Congress Workshop & Knowledge Cafe


Big Ocean is hosting both a Workshop and Knowledge Cafe at the 2012 WCC. The titles, dates and times are below. For additional information on the sessions, please click the links provided to access the IUCN website and the full proposal text. No. 0841 WORKSHOP Size Matters: Scaling Up Marine Protection Across the Globe 8 […]