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Location Norway, Finnmark
Central coordinates 24o 40.00' East  70o 10.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, A4iii, B1i, B3
Area 2,000 ha
Altitude 0 - 50m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Norsk Ornitologisk Forening

Site description An area of huge mudflats, grassy shorelines, saltmarshes, mires and birch Betula forest, close to Stabbursneset headland. Heathland dominates on the islands. There is some traditional egg-collecting by local inhabitants, and harvesting of cloudberries Rubus chamaemorus on the islands. Goose hunting takes place, mainly of Anser fabalis. The area includes `Stabbursneset', a site (the former NO010) in the previous pan-European IBA inventory (Grimmett and Jones 1989).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Lesser White-fronted Goose Anser erythropus non-breeding  1996  50-70 individuals  good  A1  Vulnerable 
Common Eider Somateria mollissima resident  1998  2,500-5,000 breeding pairs  good  B1i  Least Concern 
Goosander Mergus merganser passage  1998  3,000-4,000 individuals  good  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica passage  1998  1,000-4,000 individuals  good  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus breeding  1998  300 breeding pairs  good  B3  Least Concern 
Red Knot Calidris canutus passage  1989  25,000-60,000 individuals  good  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Ruff Calidris pugnax breeding  1998  200 breeding pairs  good  B3  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds passage  1989  20,000-49,999 individuals  unknown  A4iii   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Stabbursneset Nature Reserve 1,620 protected area contained by site 1,620  
Stabbursneset Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 1,620 protected area contained by site 1,620  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Coastline Mud flats & sand flats; Tidal rivers & enclosed tidal waters  -
Shrubland Heathland  -
Wetlands (inland) Raised bogs  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
hunting -
other -
nature conservation and research -

Protection status National Partial International Partial1,620 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Stabbursneset, 1,620 ha). 1,620 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Stabbursneset, 1,620 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Inner Porsangerfjord. Downloaded from on 23/10/2014

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