Jan Mayen island

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2014 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) Population estimate at site IBA criteria met
Northern Fulmar Fulmarus glacialis LC breeding 2010 173,000 breeding pairs A4ii, B1ii
Sabine's Gull Xema sabini LC breeding 2010 6 mature individuals A3
Glaucous Gull Larus hyperboreus LC breeding 2010 340 mature individuals A3
Black Guillemot Cepphus grylle LC breeding 2010 412 mature individuals B1ii, B2
Little Auk Alle alle LC breeding 2010 83,000 breeding pairs A3, B1ii
Thick-billed Murre Uria lomvia LC breeding 2010 111,000 breeding pairs A4ii, B1ii, B2
A4iii Species group - seabirds n/a breeding 2010 373,000 breeding pairs A4iii

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2014).

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Jan Mayen Marine Protected Area (OSPAR) 431,500 protected area contained by site 0
Jan Mayen Naturreservat (Jan Mayen) 38,099 protected area contained by site 431,500


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Tundra -
Marine Neritic -
Marine Coastal/Supratidal -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

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

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Jan Mayen island. Downloaded from on 23/02/2024.