South Sandwich Islands Marine South

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2018 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 2011 71,500 breeding pairs A4ii
Chinstrap Penguin Pygoscelis antarcticus LC breeding 2011 47,000 breeding pairs A4ii

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2018).

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands Marine Protected Area Marine Protected Area 107,000,000 protected area contains site 0

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: South Sandwich Islands Marine South. Downloaded from on 27/09/2023.