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Location Antarctica
Central coordinates 62o 59.92' West  62o 15.64' South
IBA criteria A1
Area 275,073 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2012

Site description This Marine IBA is identified using tracking data. It falls within the Antarctica Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and the Atlantic, Antarctic FAO ocean region. The site covers an area of 2751 km2 and is 112 km away from the closet coastline. The depth ranges from 400 to 4700 m, with a mean annual wind speed of 2.83 m/s, mean annual sea surface temperature falls between 0.24 and 0.5 °C and mean annual chlorophyll-a concentrations found to range between 0.18 and 0.47 mg/m3.

Key Biodiversity 1 species triggers IBA criteria at this Marine IBA. BirdLife analyses of tracking data estimates that 3093-4419 individuals of Grey-headed Albatross (VU) from Islas Diego Ramirez are present at the site during the Brood-guard (Dec-Jan) life-history stage.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Grey-headed Albatross Thalassarche chrysostoma brood-guard  2000  3,093-4,419 individuals  A1  Endangered 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Sea   100%

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Atlantic, Antarctic 14 - Marine. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016

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