|Location||Sint Maarten (to Netherlands), Sint Maarten|
|Central coordinates||63o 1.09' West 18o 1.08' North|
|IBA criteria||A4i, B4i|
|Altitude||0 - 10m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2007|
Site description Pelican Rock is a small rocky islet about 3 acres in size located approximately one mile southeast of St. Maarten.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis||breeding||1983-2006||35 nests||medium||B4i||Least Concern|
|Laughing Gull Larus atricilla||breeding||2004||100 breeding pairs||medium||A4i||Least Concern|
|Royal Tern Sterna maxima||breeding||2004||90 individuals||medium||B4i||Least Concern|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|St Maarten||Marine Park||5,128||protected area contains site||328|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|nature conservation and research||major|
Other biodiversity Not applicable.
Protection status Pelican Rock lies within a marine protected area where jet skis, fishing, anchoring, and ship traffic is prohibited.P> Pelican Rock falls within the boundaries of the conservation area of the marine park; it does not have its own boundary. The Marine Park is in the process of drafting a management plan for the execution of the Marine Park Ordinance in which all islets within the conservation areas of the marine park will be accounted for. In January 1997 the marine park was unofficially established. The completion of the Marine Park Ordinance, which is in the final stages of completion, will make the park an official marine protected area.
Acknowledgements St. Maarten Nature Foundation
References COLLIER, N.C. and A.C. BROWN. Unpublished data;COLLIER, N.C., A.C. BROWN, and M. HESTER. 2002;COLLAZO, J. A., J. E. SALIVA, AND J. PIERCE. 2000;DANFORTH, S. T. 1930;HOOGERWERF, A. 1977;ROJER, A. 1997;VOOUS, K. H. 1955a;VOOUS, K. H. 1955b;VOOUS, K. H. 1983;VOOUS, K. H. AND H. J. KOELERS. 1967.
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