|Central coordinates||54o 21.21' West 47o 2.14' North|
|Year of IBA assessment||2008|
Site description Placentia Bay is located in southeast Newfoundland between the Avalon and Burin peninsulas. The IBA includes the eastern half of Placentia Bay from Argentia to Cape St. Marys and out to 25 km from shore. There are several low, non-vegetated isolated rocky islets in Placentia Bay. The Virgin Rocks, located 3 km west of Great Barasway are included in the site.
The bay is usually ice-free year round and prevailing southwest winds in summer produce frequent fog banks. Caplin spawn in the shallow waters of Placentia Bay; spawning season is anytime in June and July. The spawning caplin in this area attract large numbers of seabirds and Humpback Whales close to shore.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Great Shearwater Puffinus gravis||non-breeding||1995||100,000 individuals||-||Least Concern|
|A4iii Species group - seabirds||non-breeding||1995||-||unknown||A4iii|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Sea||Open sea; Sea inlets||-|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Placentia Bay. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 19/04/2014
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