Atlantic, Northwest 7 - Marine

Country/territory: High Seas

IBA Criteria met: -
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Area: 8,872,560 ha

Site description
This Marine IBA is identified using tracking data. It falls within High Seas International Waters and the Atlantic, Northwest FAO ocean region. The site covers an area of 88726 km2 and is 327 km away from the closet coastline. The depth ranges from 15 to 4104 m, with a mean annual wind speed of 2.44 m/s, mean annual sea surface temperature falls between 4.59 and 12.97 °C and mean annual chlorophyll-a concentrations found to range between 0.55 and 1.36 mg/m3.

Key biodiversity
1 species triggers IBA criteria at this Marine IBA. BirdLife analyses of tracking data estimates that 72000-213750 individuals of Sooty Shearwater (NT) from Kidney Island are present at the site during the Non-breeding (Jun-Sep) life-history stage.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Atlantic, Northwest 7 - Marine. Downloaded from on 31/03/2023.