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Location Svalbard and Jan Mayen Islands (to Norway), Svalbard
Central coordinates 25o 10.00' East  76o 33.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4ii, A4iii, B1i, B1ii, B2
Area 50 ha
Altitude 0 - 370m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Site description An elongated island in the Barents Sea. There is a radio station, located on the east coast.

Key Biodiversity The island is important for its large colonies of breeding seabirds.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black-legged Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla breeding  1998  40,000 breeding pairs  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Thick-billed Murre Uria lomvia breeding  1998  150,000 individuals  good  A4ii, B1ii  Least Concern 
Black Guillemot Cepphus grylle breeding  1998  1,000 breeding pairs  B1ii, B2  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - seabirds breeding  1998  100,000-499,999 individuals  unknown  A4iii   
A4iii Species group - waterbirds breeding  1998  40,000 breeding pairs  unknown  A4iii   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Hopen Nature Reserve 325,400 is identical to site 0  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Sea Open Sea  -
Coastline Sea cliffs and rocky shores  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research -
not utilised -

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Hopen island. Downloaded from on 31/03/2015

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