[MARMAM] Important Marine Mammal Area (IMMA) Criteria Consultation - Autumn 2015

Michael Tetley m.j.tetley at gmail.com
Fri Sep 11 08:27:21 PDT 2015


*Important Marine Mammal Area (IMMA) Criteria Consultation*
*- Autumn 2015*

The IUCN Joint SSC/WCPA Marine Mammal Protected Areas Task Force (MMPATF)
has developed a classification scheme for the identification of Important
Marine Mammal Areas (IMMAs). The aim of the IMMA classification is to
identify and delineate discrete habitat areas that are judged to be
important for one or more marine mammal species and that have the potential
to be managed for conservation. This will require the application of a
standardized process for the collation and categorization of evidence,
using a consistent protocol and agreed methodology.

The MMPATF is now seeking initial consultation with the marine mammal
science and conservation community on the IMMA selection criteria. The
consultation will last from September until the end of October. The results
of the consultation will be used to assist the IMMA development team and
will inform MMPATF presentations at the Society for Marine
Mammalogy Biennial Conference in San Francisco this December.

If you would like to contribute to the IMMA consultation please follow the
link below to access the online IMMA survey. Please read through the
information carefully and provided responses to the questions provided.

*Important Marine Mammal Area (IMMA) criteria survey - Autumn 2015*
<https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PL3F3FH>


For additional information about the development process of the IMMA
classification please use the following link below:

*IUCN Joint SSC/WCPA Marine Mammal Protected Areas Task Force*
<http://icmmpa.org/iucn-task-force/>

Any assistance or information you can provide the MMPATF regarding the
development of the IMMA classification scheme would be most helpful and
appreciated.


*Michael J. Tetley - **IMMA Coordinator*
*IUCN Joint SSC/WCPA Marine Mammal Protected Areas **Task Force*
*Email - m.j.tetley at gmail.com <m.j.tetley at gmail.com>*

*Erich Hoyt and **Giuseppe Notarbartolo di Sciara - Co-Chairs*
*IUCN Joint SSC/WCPA Marine Mammal Protected Areas **Task Force*
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