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Location High Seas
Central coordinates 155o 3.00' West  34o 31.50' North
IBA criteria A1, A4ii, A4iii
Area 1,426,529 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 14265 km2 and is 1387 km away from the closet coastline. The depth ranges from 5633 to 5786 m, with a mean annual wind speed of 2.11 m/s, mean annual sea surface temperature falls between 18.53 and 19.41 °C and mean annual chlorophyll-a concentrations found to range between 0.11 and 0.15 mg/m3.

Key Biodiversity 1 species triggers IBA criteria at this Marine IBA. BirdLife analyses of tracking data estimates that 171600-171600 individuals of Cook's Petrel (VU) from Little Barrier Island/Hauturu are present at the site during the Non-breeding (May-Aug) life-history stage.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Cook's Petrel Pterodroma cookii non-breeding  2007  171,600 individuals  A1, A4ii  Vulnerable 
A4iii Species group - seabirds non-breeding  171,600 individuals  A4iii   


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 3 - Marine. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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