This Marine IBA is identified using seaward extensions around breeding colonies. It originates from the Saudi Arabia Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and falls within the Indian Ocean, Western FAO ocean region. The site covers an area of 16116 km2 and is 22 km away from the closet coastline. The depth ranges from 0 to 62 m, with a mean annual wind speed of 1.16 m/s and mean annual sea surface temperature falls between 24.72 and 26.66 °C.
3 species trigger IBA criteria at this Marine IBA. Seaward extensions around breeding colonies; Gulf coral islands, Abu Ali include key near-colony areas for breeding populations of Socotra Cormorant (VU) 117-144 individuals, White-cheeked Tern (LC) 31200-53040 individuals and Saunders's Tern (LC) 7000-12600 individuals.
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Abu Ali / Gulf coral islands - Marine. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 29/09/2022.