|Central coordinates||79o 6.00' West 26o 2.00' North|
|Altitude||0 - 6m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2010|
Site description Great Isaac Cay is located about 18 nautical miles north-north-east of the Bimini Islands in the Northern Bahamas, and is only accessible by boat. The most prominent feature on the cay is the lighthouse which stands approximately 151 feet (46 metres) high. It was built in 1859, standing at the intersection of the NW Providence Channel, the Great Bahama Bank and the Straits of Florida. The lighthouse is still functioning although it has been abandoned since 1969 when the two keepers mysteriously vanished.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Bridled Tern Sterna anaethetus||breeding||2009||568 nests||medium||A4i||Least Concern|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Coastline||Sea cliffs & rocky shores||major|
|Rocky areas||Scree & boulders||major|
Land ownership Government
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Protection status This site has conservation, historical and cultural heritage potential. From the point of view of both diversity of seabirds and for the protection of one of the nation’s largest Bridled Tern colonies there is a strong case for the establishment of a national park or other protected area encompassing Great Isaac Cay.
Access/Land-Owner requests Accessible only by boat.
References James A. Kushlan. August 2009. Survey report. (unpublished)Wikipedia Online. Great Isaac Cay, Bahamas
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2013) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Great Isaac Cay. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 11/12/2013
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