[MARMAM] Proceedings from 3rd International Conference on Marine Mammal Protected Areas (ICMMPA 3 – Adelaide, Australia) - Free Download

Erich Hoyt erich.hoyt at mac.com
Wed Jul 29 08:49:58 PDT 2015


Now Available: Proceedings from 3rd International Conference on Marine Mammal Protected Areas (ICMMPA 3 – Adelaide, Australia)
Proceedings from the International Conference on Marine Mammal Protected Areas (ICMMPA 3) were released today, along with the formal announcement of a fourth conference to be held in Puerto Vallarta, México, Nov. 13-17, 2016. The 95-page publication includes summaries of the individual talks, discussions, workshops and side events.

ICMMPA 3 had two main goals (1) to highlight the challenges of place and size for protected areas that feature or include marine mammals, and (2) to explore the use of a new tool for conservation — the important marine mammal area, or IMMA, designation which the closely associated IUCN Marine Mammal Protected Areas Task Force has been developing.

The ICMMPA 3 Proceedings call for an enhanced mission for the Task Force and the International Committee on Marine Mammal Protected Areas to work with managers and communities to engage more stakeholders in marine mammal habitat protection and keep them engaged.

“Marine mammal protected areas, or MMPAs, can give the public a stake in what happens in the sea,” says ICMMPA Chair Naomi McIntosh, who is with NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and served as the former superintendent of the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. “Indeed, without that involvement, it is difficult to create successful MMPAs.”

“With the prospect of work on the IMMAs, too,” says WDC research fellow Erich Hoyt, who edited the ICMMPA 3 Proceedings, “although the selection of such areas is seen as a scientific process, gaining acceptance and traction for IMMAs, in terms of using them as tools for conservation, will depend on connecting people with the ocean — not just nearshore waters but offshore waters and the great expanse of the high seas. We urgently need to build these connections.” 

To learn more about the International Committee on Marine Mammal Protected Areas, please visit: http://icmmpa.org . Conference proceedings for this and previous conferences can be found online by following the links on that page. There is also preliminary news about the ICMMPA 4 conference to be held in Puerto Vallarta, México, Nov. 13-17, 2016. Save the date!

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Erich Hoyt, Research Fellow, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, UK 
Steering Committee, International Committee on Marine Mammal Protected Areas (ICMMPA) 
Co-chair, IUCN SSC-WCPA Marine Mammal Protected Areas Task Force
Co-director, Far East Russia Orca Project (FEROP)
erich.hoyt at mac.com

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