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Location High Seas
Central coordinates 43o 0.00' East  47o 30.00' South
IBA criteria A1, A4ii
Area 125,580 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2012

Site description This Marine IBA is identified using tracking data. It falls within High Seas International Waters and the Indian Ocean, FAO ocean region. The site covers an area of 1256 km2 and is 486 km away from the closet coastline. The depth ranges from 3037 to 3775 m, mean annual sea surface temperature falls between 4.25 and 4.67 °C and mean annual chlorophyll-a concentrations found to range between 0.21 and 0.22 mg/m3.

Key Biodiversity 1 species triggers IBA criteria at this Marine IBA. BirdLife analyses of tracking data estimates that 555-584 individuals of Wandering Albatross (VU) from Prince Edward Island are present at the site during the Post-guard (Apr-Dec) life-history stage.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Wandering Albatross Diomedea exulans post-guard  1997  555-584 individuals  A1, A4ii  Vulnerable 


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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Indian Ocean, Antarctic and Southern 14 - Marine. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016

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