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Location Lithuania, Klaipeda
Central coordinates 20o 54.00' East  55o 56.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, A4iii, B1i, C1, C2, C3
Area 65,914 ha
Altitude
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Lietuvos Ornitologu Draugija (Affiliate)



Site description An offshore area in the Baltic Sea between 55°50'N and 55°55'N.

Key Biodiversity The site is important for wintering and migrating waterbirds, especially wintering seaduck (including important numbers of Clangula hyemalis, Gavia arctica and Alca torda), totalling more than 20,000 individuals on a regular basis. The number of wintering Polysticta stelleri varies according to different sources (300-1,200), but 800-1,000 individuals is the most recent estimate.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Steller's Eider Polysticta stelleri winter  1999  1,400-2,300 individuals  good  A1, A4i, B1i  Vulnerable 
Steller's Eider Polysticta stelleri winter  250-500 individuals  C1  Vulnerable 
Goosander Mergus merganser winter  1999  7,000-15,000 individuals  medium  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Goosander Mergus merganser winter  1,600-2,500 individuals  C3  Least Concern 
Red-throated Loon Gavia stellata winter  1999  750 individuals  poor  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Red-throated Loon Gavia stellata winter  1,000 individuals  C2  Least Concern 
Little Gull Hydrocoloeus minutus passage  1995  5,790 individuals  medium  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Little Gull Hydrocoloeus minutus passage  2,700-5,700 individuals  C2  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds winter  1999  20,000 individuals  unknown  A4iii   

IBA Monitoring

2013 very high very unfavourable low
Population
Unknown

Human intrusions and disturbance work and other activities happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) slow but significant deterioration high
Invasive and other problematic species and genes invasive non-native/alien species/diseases - unspecified species happening now whole area/population (>90%) moderate to rapid deterioration very high
Natural system modifications other ecosystem modifications likely in short term (within 4 years) some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Pollution industrial & military effluents - type unknown/unrecorded likely in long term (beyond 4 years) small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low

Polysticta stelleri Steller's Eider 2000 9 individuals 1 very unfavourable
Mergus merganser Goosander 10000 1500 individuals 15 very unfavourable

Most of site (50-90%) covered (including the most critical parts for important bird species)  A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive  Some limited conservation initiatives are in place  low 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Baltijos juros priekrante - LTPALB001 Birds Directive 17,097 protected area overlaps with site 14,711  
Marine waters along the continental part of Lithuania Baltic Sea Protected Area (Helcom) 13,983 protected area contained by site 13,983  
Pajuris Regional Park 3,000 protected area overlaps with site 3,000  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Sea Open Sea  100%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture 60%
nature conservation and research 40%
tourism/recreation 20%

Protection status National Partial International NoneThe southern part of the IBA falls within a marine strict nature reserve (Pajûris Regional Park).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Marine waters along the continental part of Lithuania. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 26/12/2014

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