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 […]

8th Network Business Meeting

8th Business Meeting September 6, 2016 Honolulu, Hawaiʻi Held in conjunction with the 2016 World Conservation Congress Big Ocean members convened for an interim meeting in order to further the network’s highest priority objectives and activities and set the foundation for fundraising and participation at 4th International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC4), to be held in La […]

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 […]

7th Network Business Meeting


HONOLULU – Similar to the network’s 6th meeting in Sydney, attendance was at an all time high for Big Ocean’s 8th gathering. Held in conjunction with the Think Tank on Human Dimensions, this meeting brought researchers from the field as guests for the morning session. The afternoon was a closed session where mangers and partners discussed […]

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 […]

6th Network Business Meeting • Sydney, Australia


Membership within Big Ocean more than doubled between the 5th and 6th business meetings. Not only did this underscore the relevance of the network for members, as managers and partners came together on 11 November just prior to the start of the 2014 World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia, the tone of the day became was one of camaraderie and […]

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 […]