[MARMAM] **Reminder - Submissions of candidate IMMA areas of interest for the Western Indian Ocean and Arabian Seas region**

MMPATF IMMA immacoordinator at gmail.com
Fri Jan 4 05:25:14 PST 2019


**Reminder - Submissions of candidate IMMA areas of interest for the
Western Indian Ocean and Arabian Seas region**

Dear Subscribers,

The IUCN MMPATF has opened a public call for submissions of Important
Marine Mammal Area (IMMA) areas of interest in the Western Indian Ocean and
Arabian Seas region. The deadline for all submissions is by midnight Sunday
February 24th, 2019.

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, North East Indian Ocean & South
East Asian Seas, and Extended Southern Ocean regions have been sequentially
assessed across 2016-2018. The results of these workshops can be accessed
via the dedicated IMMA e-Atlas facility
www.marinemammalhabitat.org/imma-eatlas

The next region to be assessed by invited experts will be held in Salalah,
Oman, March 2019, at a specially convened regional IMMA workshop for the
Western Indian Ocean and Arabian Seas region. To assist those participating
experts to investigate 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/V3afNz - 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 Western Indian Ocean and Arabian Seas regional IMMA workshop in March
2019. 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 Programme Coordinator

IUCN Joint SSC/WCPA Marine Mammal Protected Areas Task Force
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