[MARMAM] **Reminder - Submissions of candidate IMMA areas of interest for the Extended Southern Ocean region**

MMPATF IMMA immacoordinator at gmail.com
Mon Sep 10 08:37:57 PDT 2018


**Reminder - Submissions of candidate IMMA areas of interest for the
Extended Southern Ocean region**

Dear Subscribers,

This is a reminder regarding submissions of Important Marine Mammal
Area (IMMA) areas of interest in the Extended Southern Ocean region.
The deadline for all submissions is by midnight Sunday September 23rd
2018.

The IMMA is a global initiative developed by the IUCN Joint SSC/WCPA
Marine Mammal Protected Areas Task Force (IUCN MMPATF). The aim of
IMMA classification is to identify and delineate discrete areas of
habitat throughout the world's seas and oceans, important for one or
more species of marine mammal, that have the potential to be
delineated and 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 Mediterranean Sea, Pacific Islands, and North East Indian Ocean &
South East Asian Seas regions were assessed in 2016, 2017, and 2018.
Results of these workshops can be accessed via the dedicated IMMA
e-Atlas facility www.marinemammalhabitat.org/imma-eatlas and Task
Force website www.marinemammalhabitat.org/downloads

The next region to be assessed by invited experts will be held in
Brest, France, during October 2018, at a specially convened regional
IMMA workshop for the Extended Southern Ocean region. To assist those
participating experts to investigated where IMMAs may be located the
IUCN MMPATF would like to invite interested parties to submit
proposals using the IMMA standard web platform, which can be accessed
through the following link - https://goo.gl/LQ3VFh - please be advised
that you can only submit one proposal per survey taken. However,
should you wish to submit more than one proposal, please complete this
survey multiple times using the same link provided.

All submissions will be collated and presented to participating
experts at the Extended Southern Ocean regional IMMA workshop in
October 2018. The IUCN MMPATF would like to thank you for your
interest in the IMMA initiative. Further information about IMMAs can
be found at the Task Force homepage (www.marinemammalhabitat.org) and
on the Task Force IMMA Facebook page (tinyurl.com/zr9rvf4).

For any further questions or assistance please contact the IUCN-MMPATF
at immacoordinator<at>gmail.com

Dr Michael J. Tetley - IMMA Coordinator

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