Antarctica Marine 12

Site description (2020 baseline):

Site location and context
As at January 2021, this marine IBA is completely or primarily within CCAMLR subarea: 48.1 , and CCAMLR MPA planning domain: 1

Key biodiversity
1 species triggers IBA criteria at this Marine IBA. An estimated 3931 - 9438 Gentoo Penguins primarily from 6 colonies (as per the analysis) are present at the site during the chick-rearing period (Dec-Feb). For details of specific colonies, see the marine IBA inventory available with the manuscript: Handley et al. 2021. (Frontiers in Marine Science)

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Primary threats believed to be having population and site level impacts to penguin species in this marine IBA: Climate Change, Competition with fisheries (Overfishing)

Protected areas
Jan 2021: marine IBA could be afforded further protection if proposed D1MPA for Antarctic Peninsula and nearby islands is implemented

Funding for the identification of this marine IBA was kindly provided by the PEW Charitable Trusts

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Antarctica Marine 12. Downloaded from on 25/09/2023.