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A Particularly Sensitive Sea Area (PSSA) is an area of the marine environment that needs special protection through action by the IMO because of its significance for recognized ecological, socio- economic, or scientific attributes where such attributes may be vulnerable to damage by international shipping activities.


IMO is the only international body responsible for assessing proposals for and designating areas as PSSAs and adopting measures applicable to international shipping. This publication provides the reader with an overview of all PSSAs designated by the MEPC since 1990.

IMO545E - Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas (PSSA), 2017 Edition

  • 2017
  • 978-92-801-16045

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