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Location High Seas
Central coordinates 155o 43.42' East  41o 24.84' South
IBA criteria A1, A4ii
Area 1,151,446 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 Pacific, Southwest FAO ocean region. The site covers an area of 11514 km2 and is 635 km away from the closet coastline. The depth ranges from 4489 to 4594 m, with a mean annual wind speed of 2.56 m/s, mean annual sea surface temperature falls between 14.47 and 15.91 °C and mean annual chlorophyll-a concentrations found to range between 0.32 and 0.43 mg/m3.

Key Biodiversity 2 species trigger IBA criteria at this Marine IBA. BirdLife analyses of tracking data estimates that 1286-1286 individuals of Gould's Petrel (VU) from New Caledonia are present at the site during the Breeding (Dec-May) life-history stage. 173-434 individuals of Wandering Albatross (VU) from Iles Kerguelen are present at the site during the Juvenile (Jan-Jun) life-history stage.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Wandering Albatross Diomedea exulans juvenile (non-breeding)  173-434 individuals  A1, A4ii  Vulnerable 
White-winged Petrel Pterodroma leucoptera breeding  2010  1,286 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: Pacific, Southwest 12 - Marine. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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