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33 New IMMAs Announced – SW Atlantic

15 Sept. 2023. New Important Marine Mammal Areas—33 IMMAs in total—have been identified and are now on the map of the South West Atlantic Ocean from the Guianas, north of the Brazilian Amazon, to the tip of Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. This is the final result from a year-long process, including an intensive week-long scientific […]

36 New IMMAs Announced for the South East Tropical and Temperate Pacific Ocean

Important Marine Mammals Areas (IMMAs) are defined as discrete portions of habitat, important to marine mammal species, that have the potential to be delineated and managed for conservation. Such areas include, for instance, reproductive, feeding and migratory areas, diversity hotspots as well as habitats that are critical for the survival of endangered marine mammal species. Most […]

New Paper Published on The Important Marine Mammal Area Network

Michele Roux | Ocean Image Bank

The Important Marine Mammal Areas Secretariat and the IUCN Joint SSC/WCPA Marine Mammal Protected Areas Task Force (MMPATF) are pleased to announce the publication of the following comprehensive paper on the development of Important Marine Mammal Areas (IMMA) in the journal Frontiers in Marine Science. Tetley MJ, Braulik GT, Lanfredi C, Minton G, Panigada S, […]

New Caspian Sea IMMAs awarded to endangered Caspian seals

Credits: Nataliya Shumeyko

Caspian seals (Pusa caspica) live only in the Caspian Sea — located in western Asia, the largest landlocked waterbody in the world. They have been on the IUCN endangered list since 2008, having declined by more than 70% in the 20th Century, primarily because they have been hunted for their fur and blubber.   On the […]

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