Indian Ocean, Western 26 - Marine

Country/territory: South Africa

IBA criteria met: -
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Area: 100,428 ha

BirdLife South Africa

Site description (baseline)
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 1004 km2 and is 344 km away from the closet coastline. The depth ranges from 2804 to 4169 m, mean annual sea surface temperature falls between 8.66 and 8.96 °C and mean annual chlorophyll-a concentrations found to range between 0.28 and 0.29 mg/m3.

Key biodiversity
1 species triggers IBA criteria at this Marine IBA. BirdLife analyses of tracking data estimates that 555-4967 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 (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Indian Ocean, Western 26 - Marine. Downloaded from on 09/06/2023.