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Location Malta, Gozo,Malta
Central coordinates 14o 21.24' East  36o 0.78' North
IBA criteria A1, A4ii, B1i, B1ii, B2, B3, C1, C2, C6
Area 12,331 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2013

BirdLife Malta

Site description This area encompasses the waters within the Malta-Gozo Channel, as well as the waters immediately offshore from Ta’ Cenc in Gozo to the west and up to 7 km offshore of Rdumtal-Madonna to the east. Western limit - 35°58'38.40"N, 14°13'56.79"E, (ii) Eastern Limit - 36° 0'45.37"N, 14°27'4.07"E.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca passage  2001-2010  65-997 individuals  good  A1, B1i, C1, C2  Near Threatened 
Calonectris diomedea breeding  2008-2009  1,325 breeding pairs  good  B1ii, B2, C2, C6  Not Recognised 
Yelkouan Shearwater Puffinus yelkouan breeding  2007-2009  598-982 breeding pairs  good  A1, A4ii, B1ii, B3, C1, C2, C6  Vulnerable 


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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Malta-Gozo Channel. Downloaded from on 24/07/2014

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