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Location High Seas
Central coordinates 42o 57.74' East  46o 6.00' South
IBA criteria A1, A4ii
Area 232,637 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 2326 km2 and is 475 km away from the closet coastline. The depth ranges from 403 to 2150 m, mean annual sea surface temperature falls between 5.63 and 6.26 °C and mean annual chlorophyll-a concentrations found to range between 0.19 and 0.21 mg/m3.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Wandering Albatross Diomedea exulans immature (non-breeding)  251-456 individuals  A1, A4ii  Vulnerable 
Wandering Albatross Diomedea exulans incubation  1989  501-710 individuals  A1, A4ii  Vulnerable 
Wandering Albatross Diomedea exulans post-guard  1997  555-1,023 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, Antarctic and Southern 40 - Marine. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 22/09/2014

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