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    Towards the development of Marine Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (mIBAs) for penguins in Antarctica – an update on progress

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    Document Number:
    WG-EMM-2019/30
    Author(s):
    J. Handley, M.-M. Rouyer, L. Pearmain, V. Warwick-Evans, P. Trathan and M.P. Dias
    Submitted By:
    Professor Philip Trathan (Oceanites)
    Approved By:
    Dr Chris Darby (United Kingdom)
    Abstract
    • Our study area encompasses all CCAMLR MPA Planning Domains contiguous to mainland Antarctica.
    • We present the preliminary marine Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (mIBAS) for penguins.
    • A total of 64 definitive sites were identified as IBAs
    • We present a systematic overview of the population and penguin distribution data considered
    • We highlight areas where collaborative efforts could bolster marine spatial planning initiatives for Antarctic penguin species, and their associated biodiversity.
    • We present more detailed results for MPA Planning Domains 3, 4 and 9.