Important Marine Mammal Areas

Important Marine Mammals Areas (IMMAs) are portions of habitats, important to marine mammal species, that have the potential to be delineated and managed for conservation.

IMMAs are identified to prioritize their consideration for conservation measures by governments, intergovernmental organizations, conservation groups, and the general public.

The IMMA project is the main activity of the Marine Mammal Protected Areas Task Force (MMPATF), created by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC), and the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA).

The coastal waters of Ischia and the Campanian and Pontino Archipelagos were nominated by Oceanomare Delphis as IMMAs during the first IMMA Regional Workshop for the Mediterranean organized by the IUCN MMPATF (Chania, Greece, 24-28 October 2016). In 2017, both areas were officially recognized as Important Marine Mammals Areas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IUCN-MMPATF (2017) Waters of Ischia and Ventotene IMMA Factsheet. IUCN Joint SSC/WCPA Marine Mammal Protected Areas Task Force, 2017.

Waters of Ischia and Ventotene

 

Area Size 1067 km2

Qualifying Species and Criteria

Marine Mammal Diversity: sperm whale Physeter macrocephalus, Risso’s dolphin Grampus griseus, and striped dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba

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Campanian and Pontino Archipelagos

 

Area Size 4948 km2

Qualifying Species and Criteria

 

Marine Mammal Diversity: common dolphin Delphinus delphis, common bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus, Risso’s dolphin Grampus griseus, striped dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba, and fin whale Balaenoptera physalus.

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IUCN-MMPATF (2017) Campanian and Pontino Archipelagos IMMA. Full Accounts of Mediterranean IMMA Factsheet. IUCN Joint SSC/WCPA Marine Mammal Protected Areas Task Force, 2017.