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Established in 2010, Big Ocean is a network of managers and partners of existing and proposed large-scale marine managed areas (MMAs). The network aims 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. The network covers 3.2 million km2 of ocean collectively and all but one of the MMAs included are in the Pacific Ocean.