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Experts identify ocean areas requiring urgent conservation measures

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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 Force announced the creation of 33 new areas in the North East Atlantic Ocean and Baltic Sea following a year long analysis process.

The North East Atlantic Ocean and Baltic Sea (NEATLO) region covers nearly a quarter of the Atlantic Ocean. Species rich, the region offers essential habitat for feeding and migrating humpback, blue and fin whales. There is deep water habitat for Cuvier’s and other beaked whales in the Canary Islands, Azores and Bay of Biscay, and other offshore waters in the region. There are species endemic to the region such as the critically endangered and decreasing Baltic Sea harbour porpoises, and the critically endangered Strait of Gibraltar population of orcas - with only 39 individuals left.

‘Protecting habitat for whales, dolphins and other marine mammals is essential if we are to reverse the biodiversity crisis, the climate crisis and the overall degradation of the global ocean’, says WDC research fellow and co-chair of the IUCN Marine Mammal Protected Areas Task Force, Erich Hoyt.

‘Governments need to take action now to protect these areas and insist on solid environmental assessments of any uses of the area; marine developers (oil and gas, windfarms) and fishers need to pay attention and avoid or take care in these areas.’

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