Franklin Island southwest

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2015 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
Adelie Penguin Pygoscelis adeliae LC breeding 1981-2012 60,540 breeding pairs A4ii
South Polar Skua Catharacta maccormicki LC breeding 1982 184 breeding pairs A4ii
A4iii Species group - seabirds n/a breeding 1981-2012 60,724 breeding pairs A4iii

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2015).

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Ross Sea Region Marine Protected Area Marine Protected Area (CCAMLR) 209,002,700 protected area contains site 0

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Franklin Island southwest. Downloaded from on 28/02/2024.