The Kep Archipelago has been officially designated as an Important Marine Mammal Area (IMMA), by the IUCN Marine Mammal Protected Area Taskforce!
But, what is an IMMA? It is a discrete portions of habitat, important to marine mammal species, that has the potential to be delineated and managed for conservation. To find out more about it, visit https://www.marinemammalhabitat.org/imma-eatlas/
This particular IMMA covers the waters of Kep and Kampot Province in Cambodia, as well as Kien Giang Province in Vietnam. The Irrawaddy Dolphin is the most frequently sighted cetacean in this area, with seagrass beds also providing suitable foraging ground for Dugongs!
We would like to warmly thanks The Royal Cambodian Ministry of Agrigulture, Forestry and Fisheries and the Cambodian Fisheries Administration for their strong support, as well as our partner, Mr Long Vu, for working with us on this project!
This is an important step taken towards Irrawaddy Dolphin and Dugong Conservation, and we’re proud to be part of it!