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Location Greenland (to Denmark), Nuuk
Central coordinates 50o 10.00' West  62o 43.00' North
IBA criteria B1i, B2
Area 44,900 ha
Altitude 0 - 500m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Site description A fjord containing several islands, rocky and sandy shorelines, extensive intertidal flats, and areas of shallow water.

Key Biodiversity The concentration of moulting Mergus serrator is the largest in Greenland.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Common Eider Somateria mollissima non-breeding  1989  100-500 individuals  B1i  Near Threatened 
Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator non-breeding  1989  500-1,000 individuals  B1i  Least Concern 
White-tailed Sea-eagle Haliaeetus albicilla breeding  1989  3-4 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Ikkattoq and adjacent archipelago Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 44,880 protected area overlaps with site 44,900  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Sea Sea inlets and coastal features  -
Coastline Mud flats & sand flats; Rock stacks and islets  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
hunting -

Protection status National None International PartialIBA overlaps with Ramsar Site (Ikkattoq).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Ikkattoq fjord and islands. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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