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

MMPATF IMMA immacoordinator at gmail.com
Sun May 1 04:21:30 PDT 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

This IMMA 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 this IMMA focus group is to advance this work by examining how
data and information on marine mammal behavioral information can be
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.

Please register your interest to participate by emailing the IUCN-MMPATF
organisers at immacoordinator at gmail.com before the IMCC early registration
deadline of May 8. For further information about the main IMCC event please
see the congress mini-site at http://conbio.org/mini-sites/imcc-2016

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

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

Dr Michael J. Tetley - IMMA Coordinator

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