The IUCN Joint SSC/WCPA Marine Mammal Protected Areas Task Force or ‘IUCN-MMPATF’ maintains the complete spatial dataset of Important Marine Mammal Areas (IMMA) around the world. This dataset is drawn from knowledge provided directly to the IUCN-MMPATF IMMA Secretariat by experts but may also include some data consolidated from 3rd party sources where other information may not have been available. These areas have been assessed by regional experts and were further assessed by a panel of independent reviewers. Where possible the IUCN-MMPATF has included all the polygons related to individual IMMA which has been independently assessed across separate regional expert identification workshops.
The IMMA spatial dataset compiled by the IUCN-MMPATF is made publically available by request under a User Licence Agreement for non-commercial use in a GIS compatible Shapefile (.shp) format to use in GIS mapping software. Other formats may be available upon request including Key Markup language Zipped file (.kmz) for use in Google Earth.
A metadata description of the IMMA spatial dataset is also available for download from the button below. This metadata document describes the content within the most current version of the dataset made available by request and the information and spatial extent contained within the IMMA layer.
To make a request to download the IMMA Layer in either a GIS compatible Shapefile (.shp) or Google Earth compatible Keyhole Markup Language Zipped file (.kmz) please complete the following Contact Form. We commit to sending you the requested files within three working days.