Indian Ocean, Antarctic and Southern 9 - Marine

Year of compilation: 2012

Site description
This Marine IBA is identified using tracking data. It falls within the South Africa Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and the Indian Ocean, FAO ocean region. The site covers an area of 850 km2 and is 199 km away from the closet coastline. The depth ranges from 2998 to 3550 m, mean annual sea surface temperature falls between 5.63 and 6.23 °C and mean annual chlorophyll-a concentrations found to range between 0.19 and 0.21 mg/m3.

Key biodiversity
1 species triggers IBA criteria at this Marine IBA. BirdLife analyses of tracking data estimates that 555-730 individuals of Wandering Albatross (VU) from Prince Edward Island are present at the site during the Post-guard (Apr-Dec) life-history stage.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Indian Ocean, Antarctic and Southern 9 - Marine. Downloaded from on 08/03/2021.