MAY 13, 2011: Victoria, BC - Big Ocean meets for a second time and presents at the second International Marine Conservation Congress

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}Big Ocean presented a paper focused on the need to better understand the role of large scale, and often remote, MPAs and to support the implementation of active management regimes, as well as the professionalization of management practices for these unique sites. Additionally, Big Ocean held their second membership meeting and learning session just prior to the conference in order to further the group’s aims. A Big Ocean “work-plan” was developed for the next 18 months, inclusive of hosting of a Think Tank session in conjunction with the 25th Annual International Congress for Conservation Biology to be held in December of this year, in Auckland. The Think Tank will be a critical juncture for Big Ocean, as the session will bring together scientists and managers to 1) help develop a research agenda specific to large-scale, and often remote MPA management, and 2) assist in the professionalization of best management practices specific to this emerging genre MPAs.