A Network of the World's Large-Scale Marine Managed Areas Revised mapBig Ocean Member Sites - Feb. 2013


The network is pleased to announce the release of its collaborative research agenda that highlights the unique scientific needs and challenges of large-scale marine protected areas (MPAs). The shared agenda provides a framework for research among Big Ocean sites, as well as other large MPA sites.

• Read more about the Shared Research Agenda. »


Big Ocean is a network of managers and partners of existing and proposed large-scale marine managed areas. The collective aim is to improve the effectiveness of management efforts, to serve as a peer learning resource and support system, and to build the professional standards of practice for this emerging genre of marine conservation. Big Ocean also aims to share outcomes and lessons learned in order to increase understanding of the unique contributions of large-scale marine protection and how management of the ocean at such scales is changing the game of ocean governance.

Collectively, Big Ocean member sites encompass 3.2 million km2 of ocean—twice the size of the Gulf of Mexico.

Learn more about the Big Ocean network by surfing around our web site, and getting to know our member sites.


Download the draft Guidelines (for offering comments/edits)