[MARMAM] Focus group on integrating marine mammal behavioral monitoring techniques into the process for the identification of Important Marine Mammal Areas

MMPATF IMMA immacoordinator at gmail.com
Thu Mar 3 08:50:00 PST 2016


*Integrating marine mammal behavioral monitoring techniques into the
process for the identification of Important Marine Mammal Areas*


*St. John’s, Newfoundland **and Labrador (YYT)**, Canada, Sunday July 29,
2016. Held in association with the 4th International Marine Conservation
Congress (IMCC), July 30 - August 4, 2016 conbio.org/mini-sites/imcc-2016
<http://conbio.org/mini-sites/imcc-2016>*


The IUCN Joint SSC/WCPA Marine Mammal Protected Areas Task Force
(IUCN-MMPATF) will be hosting a number of workshops and focus groups
throughout 2016. These events are designed to support the first
identification of Important Marine Mammal Areas (IMMAs) throughout the
world's seas and oceans by 2020. Therefore the IUCN-MMPATF would now like
to seek registrations of interest from participants to attend the second
IMMA workshop of 2016 on integrating marine mammal behavioral monitoring
techniques into the process for the identification of Important Marine
Mammal Areas.


This half-day focus group aims to address the following question: How can
we better integrate marine mammal behavioral data, observed through direct
observation or remote monitoring techniques, into the process for
identifying IMMAs?


Information on marine mammal behavior is a necessary component of the
evidence available for enhancing their protection by informing the
development of marine management and spatial planning practices. It is
essential that such data and methodologies, such as photo-identification
and satellite tracking, are considered in a systematic way during the
application of selection criteria to identify Important Marine Mammal Areas
(IMMAs). IMMAs are a new strategic classification for enhancing future
marine planning and conservation measures for these species as developed by
the IUCN Joint SSC/WCPA Marine Mammal Protected Areas Task Force
(IUCN-MMPATF). Moreover, behavioral data must be considered in a manner
that complements and enhances existing approaches based on ecological
studies, distribution and abundance, genetic analyses, and expert opinion.
The goal of the focus group is to advance this work by examining how data
and information on marine mammal behavioral information can be effectively
collated and communicated to experts during the process of identifying
IMMAs. Results of this workshop will also contribute towards the creation
of an IMMA Toolkit, which will become the primary scientific guidance for
the identification of IMMAs, and will be presented formally at the 4th
International Conference on Marine Mammal Protected Areas (ICMMPA4) in
Mexico, November 13 - 17, 2016. The IMMA Toolkit focus group will also run
parallel with and support the objectives of the two day IMCC focus group
‘Conserving the other 50% of the world: status and opportunities in
conservation of areas beyond national jurisdiction’ as organised by Duke
University, the University of the Azores, and UNEP-WCMC on July 28 & 29.


Please note that due to a request from the IMCC organisers, initial
interest from workshop participants must be registered with the IUCN-MMPATF
in advance of the congress early registration deadline. Therefore please
register your interest in attending the workshop with the IUCN-MMPATF
before *March 31* by emailing immacoordinator at gmail.com. As space for
participants will be limited please include your reasons for wanting to
attend as well as your professional background in relation to the IMMA
initiative, spatial planning, or behavioral monitoring of marine mammals.
Unfortunately the IUCN-MMPATF is unable to provide funding for participant
registration fees or expenses for attending the focus group or main
conference.

For further information about the IMMA initiative please visit the
IUCN-MMPATF home and facebook pages at www.icmmpa.org/iucn-task-force and
www.tinyurl.com/gqbsngl


*Dr Michael J. Tetley - IMMA Coordinator*

*IUCN Joint SSC-WCPA Marine Mammal Protected Areas Task Force (IUCN-MMPATF)*
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