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Location High Seas
Central coordinates 161o 3.00' East  41o 15.00' South
IBA criteria A1, A4ii
Area 195,508 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 1955 km2 and is 726 km away from the closet coastline. The depth ranges from 4750 to 4903 m, mean annual sea surface temperature falls between 14.83 and 14.99 °C and mean annual chlorophyll-a concentrations found to range between 0.3 and 0.33 mg/m3.

Key Biodiversity 2 species trigger IBA criteria at this Marine IBA. BirdLife analyses of tracking data estimates that 948-1422 individuals of Antipodean Albatross (VU) from Auckland Island/motu Maha are present at the site during the Post-guard (May-Mar) 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 
Antipodean Albatross Diomedea antipodensis post-guard  2000  948-1,422 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 14 - Marine. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016

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