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A Shared Research Agenda For Large-Scale Marine Managed AreasA Shared 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 collaborative and comparative research opportunities based on the scientific needs shared by large-scale MPAs, and to identify a set of research priorities to be jointly addressed by Big Ocean sites.  The Research Agenda notes that large-scale MPAs contain entire, diverse and relatively pristine ecosystems, as well as larger scale natural processes that cannot be studied in their entirety in smaller regions.

The 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.

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 OceanFounding 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


Vol. 12 No. 4. January – February 2011 “ (PDF 101.9kb) Network Launched for Managers of Very Large MPAs”

 

Member site managers and partners gathered post-meeting to document a successful day of decision making and learning in Victoria, B.C. Canada. Photo credit: Big OceanMember site managers and partners gathered post-meeting to document a successful day of decision making and learning in Victoria, B.C. Canada. Photo credit: Big Ocean

While establishment of large scale MPAs is a trend gaining momentum Big Ocean: A Network of the Worlds Large-Scale Marine Managed Areas (Big Ocean) is seeking to broaden the discussion to include the importance of active management “at-scale.” On 17 May, at the Second International Marine Conservation Congress 2011 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, {C}