[MARMAM] **Final Reminder - Submissions of candidate IMMA areas of interest for the Australia, New Zealand and South East Indian Ocean region**

MMPATF IMMA immacoordinator at gmail.com
Sun Jan 5 05:36:54 PST 2020


**Final Reminder - Submissions of candidate IMMA areas of interest for the
Australia, New Zealand and South East Indian Ocean region**



Dear Subscribers,



This is a final reminder regarding the IUCN MMPATF open public call for
submissions of Important Marine Mammal Area (IMMA) areas of interest in
Australia, New Zealand and South East Indian Ocean region. The deadline for
all submissions is by midnight Sunday January 19th, 2020.



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 Western Indian Ocean and Arabian Seas have been
sequentially assessed across 2016-2019. 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
Perth, Australia, February 2020, at a specially convened regional IMMA
workshop for the Australia, New Zealand and South East Indian Ocean 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 - fpls.in/lhgqxv - 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 Australia, New Zealand and South East Indian Ocean regional IMMA
workshop in February 2020. 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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