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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 319,290 ha
Altitude 0 - 370m
Year of IBA assessment 2014

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  2012  63,000 breeding pairs  good  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Thick-billed Murre Uria lomvia breeding  2012  725,000 mature individuals  good  A4ii, B1ii, B2  Least Concern 
Black Guillemot Cepphus grylle breeding  2012  480 mature individuals  unknown  B1ii, B2  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - seabirds breeding  2012  425,000 breeding pairs  good  A4iii   


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 (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Hopen island. Downloaded from on 26/10/2016

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