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Location French Guiana
Central coordinates 53o 44.06' West  5o 40.36' North
IBA criteria A4iii
Area 85,054 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2012

Site description This Marine IBA is identified using seaward extensions around breeding colonies. It originates from the French Guiana Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and falls within the Atlantic, Western Central FAO ocean region. The site covers an area of 851 km2 and is 22 km away from the closet coastline. The depth ranges from 0 to 9 m, mean annual sea surface temperature falls between 26.8 and 27.7 °C and mean annual chlorophyll-a concentrations found to range between 4.01 and 9.39 mg/m3.

Key Biodiversity 2 species trigger IBA criteria at this Marine IBA. Seaward extensions around breeding colony; Amana include key near-colony areas for breeding populations of Least Tern (LC) 5000-9500 individuals and Sandwich Tern (LC) 6500-23750 individuals.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
A4iii Species group - waterbirds unknown  6,500-23,750 individuals  A4iii   


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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Amana - Marine. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016

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