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Location High Seas
Central coordinates 54o 15.00' East  36o 9.00' South
IBA criteria A1, A4ii
Area 169,707 ha
Altitude
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 1697 km2 and is 1006 km away from the closet coastline. The depth ranges from 1980 to 4566 m, mean annual sea surface temperature falls between 17.5 and 17.7 °C and mean annual chlorophyll-a concentrations found to range between 0.19 and 0.2 mg/m3.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Wandering Albatross Diomedea exulans post-guard  1990  501-607 individuals  A1, A4ii  Vulnerable 

Habitats

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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Indian Ocean, Western 11 - Marine. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 22/09/2014

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