Ringgold Islands

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2012

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Red-footed Booby Sula sula LC breeding 2010 4,770 breeding pairs A4ii
Brown Booby Sula leucogaster LC breeding 2010 2,691 breeding pairs A4ii
Black Noddy Anous minutus LC breeding 2010 53,641 breeding pairs A4i
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a - 2010 55,000 breeding pairs A4iii

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

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IBA Monitoring

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2018 medium favourable medium
Was the whole site covered? Yes State assessed by Habitat
Accuracy of information medium

Threats to the site (pressure)
Threat Level 1 Threat Level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Biological resource use hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - intentional use (species being assessed is the target) happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Climate change and severe weather habitat shifting and alteration happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Human intrusions and disturbance work and other activities happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Invasive and other problematic species and genes invasive non-native/alien species/diseases - unspecified species past (and unlikely to return) and no longer limiting whole area/population (>90%) slow but significant deterioration low

Condition of habitat (state)
Habitat Habitat Detail Reference Area (ha) Actual Area (ha) % of habitat remaining % of carrying capacity (overall) Result
Forest Beach and atoll forest 220 218 - good (> 90%) favourable

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning Conservation Action Result
Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive Substantive conservation measures are being implemented but these are not comprehensive and are limited by resources and capacity medium
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IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Dry deciduous forest (tropical), Beach and atoll forest -
Rocky areas (eg. inland cliffs, mountain peaks) -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture -
tourism/recreation -
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Land ownership
The Ringgold Islands and its traditional fishing grounds are communally owned by three different clans who live in villages away from the Ringgolds. The islands are fairly shared by these clans but they do share the fishing grounds in which these islands are located. The Ringgold islands are formed by 7 islands namely Naqelelevu, Vetau'ua, Nukubasaga, Nukupureti, Nukusemanu, Tainibeka and Tauraria.

The ownership of the islands are as follows: Naqelelevu, Tainibeka and Vetau'ua belongs to the Clan or Yavusa Naqelelevu. Members of this clan live in a settlement called Fatima on Taveuni Island. Naqelelevu is inhabited most times of the year by  clan members who return to collect coconuts, coconut crabs and fish. As of 2010, there were 2 houses built on the island with a telecommunication kiosk and a light house powered by solar energy.

Tauraria Island belongs to the sub-clan or Mataqali Ra; members of this sub-clan reside in Dreketi Village on Qamea Island, about 61.25 miles southwest of Tauraria landing.

Nukupureti, Nukubasaga and Nukusemanu belongs to the sub-clan or Mataqali Qilo whose members live on Yanuca Island, approximately 22.18 miles southwest off Nukusemanu.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Ringgold Islands. Downloaded from on 02/12/2021.