South Georgia Inner Marine


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
King Penguin Aptenodytes patagonicus LC brood-guard 2017 17,385 breeding pairs A4ii
King Penguin Aptenodytes patagonicus LC chick-rearing 2016 23,098 breeding pairs A4ii
Gentoo Penguin Pygoscelis papua LC breeding 1990 115,403 breeding pairs A4ii
Macaroni Penguin Eudyptes chrysolophus VU incubation 2002 25,853 breeding pairs A1
Macaroni Penguin Eudyptes chrysolophus VU winter 2002 5,899-17,968 breeding pairs A1
Macaroni Penguin Eudyptes chrysolophus VU brood-guard 2002 3,007-85,392 individuals A1
Macaroni Penguin Eudyptes chrysolophus VU chick-rearing 2002 3,013-19,183 individuals A1
Wandering Albatross Diomedea exulans VU incubation 2014-2015 364 breeding pairs A1, A4ii
Wandering Albatross Diomedea exulans VU brood-guard 2014 427 breeding pairs A1, A4ii
Wandering Albatross Diomedea exulans VU post-guard 2014-2015 480 breeding pairs A1, A4ii
Grey-headed Albatross Thalassarche chrysostoma EN brood-guard 2014-2015 871 breeding pairs A1, A4ii
Grey-headed Albatross Thalassarche chrysostoma EN post-guard 2014-2015 1,493 breeding pairs A1, A4ii
Northern Giant Petrel Macronectes halli LC brood-guard 2007 293-1,246 females A4ii
Northern Giant Petrel Macronectes halli LC brood-guard 2007 1,297 males A4ii
Northern Giant Petrel Macronectes halli LC post-guard 2007 1,393 males A4ii
White-chinned Petrel Procellaria aequinoctialis VU breeding 2005-2007 1,638-2,048 breeding pairs A1

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 (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: South Georgia Inner Marine. Downloaded from https://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/south-georgia-inner-marine-iba-south-georgia-&-the-south-sandwich-islands on 26/02/2024.