Atlantic, Southeast 20 - Marine


Country/territory: South Africa

IBA Criteria met: -
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Area: 3,178,000 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 31780 km2 and is 118 km away from the closet coastline. The depth ranges from 281 to 2597 m, with a mean annual wind speed of 1.95 m/s, mean annual sea surface temperature falls between 16.92 and 18.17 °C and mean annual chlorophyll-a concentrations found to range between 0.27 and 0.9 mg/m3.

Key biodiversity
4 species trigger IBA criteria at this Marine IBA. BirdLife analyses of tracking data estimates that 49126-120087 individuals of Black-browed Albatross (EN) from South Georgia are present at the site during the Non-breeding (May-Jul) life-history stage. 283160-423014 individuals of Cory's Shearwater (LC) from Vila, Pantaleu, Chafarines, Veneguera, Selvagems and Berlenges are present at the site during the Non-breeding (Dec-Feb) life-history stage. 17700-21240 individuals of White-chinned Petrel (VU) from Iles Crozet are present at the site during the Non-breeding (Apr-Aug) life-history stage. 168480-311983 individuals of White-chinned Petrel (VU) from Iles Kerguelen are present at the site during the Non-breeding (Apr-Aug) life-history stage.


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Atlantic, Southeast 20 - Marine. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 13/04/2021.