Atlantic, Southeast 18 - Marine


Country/territory: South Africa

IBA Criteria met: -
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Area: 4,327,168 ha

Protection status:

BirdLife South Africa

Site description
This Marine IBA is identified using tracking data. It falls within the South Africa Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and the Atlantic, Southeast FAO ocean region. The site covers an area of 43272 km2 and is 112 km away from the closet coastline. The depth ranges from 2392 to 4831 m, with a mean annual wind speed of 2.49 m/s, mean annual sea surface temperature falls between 20.18 and 22.27 °C and mean annual chlorophyll-a concentrations found to range between 0.21 and 0.47 mg/m3.

Key biodiversity
2 species trigger IBA criteria at this Marine IBA. BirdLife analyses of tracking data estimates that 5-5 individuals of Amsterdam Albatross (CR) from Ile Amsterdam are present at the site during the Juvenile (Mar-Apr) life-history stage. 23400-70200 individuals of White-chinned Petrel (VU) from Iles Kerguelen are present at the site during the Juvenile (Jun-Aug) life-history stage.


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Atlantic, Southeast 18 - Marine. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 13/04/2021.