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Location High Seas
Central coordinates 167o 57.00' West  36o 1.50' North
IBA criteria A1
Area 1,039,859 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, Eastern FAO ocean region. The site covers an area of 10399 km2 and is 1500 km away from the closet coastline. The depth ranges from 5869 to 6070 m, with a mean annual wind speed of 2.41 m/s, mean annual sea surface temperature falls between 17.11 and 17.87 °C and mean annual chlorophyll-a concentrations found to range between 0.18 and 0.22 mg/m3.

Key Biodiversity 1 species triggers IBA criteria at this Marine IBA. BirdLife analyses of tracking data estimates that 863-1295 individuals of Black-footed Albatross (VU) from Tern Island (in FFS) are present at the site during the Incubation (Nov-Feb) life-history stage.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black-footed Albatross Phoebastria nigripes incubation  2002  863-1,295 individuals  A1  Near Threatened 


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, Eastern Central 1 - Marine. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016

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