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Location Antarctica
Central coordinates 46o 3.00' West  60o 36.00' South
IBA criteria A4ii, A4iii
Area 1,805 ha
Altitude 0 - 500m
Year of IBA assessment 2011





Site description Moreton Point lies on the western coast of Coronation Island. The Larsen Islands, of which Monroe Island is the largest, lie several kilometres west of Moreton Point. . The IBA includes the ice-free area at Moreton Point, all of the Larsen Islands and an adjacent ice-free area on the northwestern coast of Coronation island.

Information on the environment at Moreton Point and the Larsen Islands is not available.. The nearest research station is Signy (UK), located 27 km southeast of the IBA. See Ant095 for information on the environment and facilities at this station.

Key Biodiversity Data on some bird species breeding within the IBA are only available in aggregate for the whole of this area. Approximately 125,000 pairs of Chinstrap Penguin (Pygoscelis antarctica) were estimated breeding on Moreton Point and Monroe Island based on a survey from a ship anchored in Sandefjord Bay, with birds nesting on 'every available surface' (Lynch, pers comm, 2010). Approximately 24,200 pairs of Chinstrap Penguin were recorded breeding at at three locations on Moreton Point in 1984 (Poncet & Poncet 1985) . Approximately 28,000 pairs of Chinstrap Penguins were recorded breeding on the eastern and northern shorelines of Monroe Island and at an island 250 m east of Monroe Island in 1984 (Poncet & Poncet 1985). Approximately 10,000 breeding pairs of Chinstrap Penguins (Pygoscelis antarctica) were also recorded in the Larsen Island area in 1984 (Poncet & Poncet 1985), at the southern and northern coast of Larsen Island and on an island located 450 m south of Larsen Island.

An estimated 125,000 Southern Fulmar (Fulmarus glacialoides) breed on the northern and eastern coasts of Monroe Island (Poncet & Poncet, unpublished data), and on the western coast of Coronation Island and coastal cliffs above Sandefjord Bay generally (Creuwels et al. 2007). Snow Petrel (Pagodroma nivea) are also confirmed breeders in Sandlefjord Bay (Croxall et al. 1995).

Non-bird biodiversity: None known.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Chinstrap Penguin Pygoscelis antarcticus breeding  2010  125,000 breeding pairs  A4ii  Least Concern 
Southern Fulmar Fulmarus glacialoides breeding  125,000 breeding pairs  A4ii  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - seabirds breeding  250,000 breeding pairs  A4iii   

Protection status None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Moreton Point, Monroe Island and Larsen Islands, western Coronation Island. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 26/12/2014

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