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Location High Seas
Central coordinates 30o 21.00' West  45o 24.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4ii
Area 941,549 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 9415 km2 and is 532 km away from the closet coastline. The depth ranges from 2435 to 3359 m, with a mean annual wind speed of 2.69 m/s, mean annual sea surface temperature falls between 15.48 and 16.06 °C and mean annual chlorophyll-a concentrations found to range between 0.29 and 0.4 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 3 - Marine. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016

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