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Location High Seas
Central coordinates 77o 53.77' East  43o 57.65' South
IBA criteria A1
Area 739,979 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 7400 km2 and is 800 km away from the closet coastline. The depth ranges from 3441 to 3500 m, with a mean annual wind speed of 3.38 m/s, mean annual sea surface temperature falls between 9.8 and 10.76 °C and mean annual chlorophyll-a concentrations found to range between 0.23 and 0.25 mg/m3.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Wandering Albatross Diomedea exulans incubation  347-372 individuals  A1  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 25 - Marine. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 21/08/2014

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