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Experts identify ocean areas requiring urgent conservation measures

Experts identify ocean areas requiring urgent conservation measures

Scientists and marine experts from around the world have set out new Important Marine Mammal Areas (IMMAs) in the ocean and have called for governments to take action now to utilise them in marine spatial planning, the creation of marine protected areas, and for performing environmental impact assessments. The IUCN Marine Mammal Protected Areas Task…

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Increased protected ocean area a boost for whale populations

Protections in the South Atlantic Ocean for one of the largest and most important marine wildlife areas on the planet have been expanded. A decision to further protect the nutrient-rich waters surrounding South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands (SGSSI) was taken by the UK and local governments after a campaign WDC supported as part…

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More important ocean areas for whales and dolphin protection identified

Scientists and observers from many different countries have identified and mapped 36 new Important Marine Mammal Areas (IMMAs), from northern Mexico to the southern tip of Chile. IMMAs are essentially portions of ocean important to marine mammal species that have the potential to be set aside for conservation management. The addition of the latest 36…

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