Aleipata Marine Protected Area

Country/territory: Samoa

IBA Criteria met: A1, A2 (2010)
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Area: 4,579 ha

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2010 medium not assessed medium
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Site description
This site follows the boundaries of the Aleipata MPA which includes the outer islands and the inshore reef of the Aleipata district. The site comprises 4 small islands off the coast of Aleipata all of which have lowland rainforest ecosystems. An extensive intertidal zone provides a feeding site for migrant seabirds, while there is also a mangrove forest.

Key biodiversity
This site is of critical importance as a major site for nesting seabirds, although counts of numbers present have not yet been attained. In additioan it is home to a number of globally threatened terrestrial species.

Non-bird biodiversity: The site is a major nesting site for the hawksbill turtle, while the MPA is a foraging ground for green turtles and humpback whales.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Aleipata Marine Protected Area. Downloaded from on 01/02/2023.