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Location High Seas
Central coordinates 31o 24.00' West  46o 12.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4ii
Area 411,312 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 Atlantic, Northeast FAO ocean region. The site covers an area of 4113 km2 and is 616 km away from the closet coastline. The depth ranges from 3191 to 4013 m, with a mean annual wind speed of 2.74 m/s, mean annual sea surface temperature falls between 14.6 and 15.41 °C and mean annual chlorophyll-a concentrations found to range between 0.39 and 0.99 mg/m3.

Key Biodiversity 1 species triggers IBA criteria at this Marine IBA. BirdLife analyses of tracking data estimates that 33-39 individuals of Zino's Petrel (EN) from Madeira are present at the site during the Incubation (May-Aug) life-history stage.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Zino's Petrel Pterodroma madeira incubation  2008  33-39 individuals  A1, A4ii  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, Northeast 2 - Marine. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016

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