Atlantic, Southwest 16 - Marine

Country/territory: Argentina

IBA Criteria met: -
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Area: 5,656,611 ha

Aves Argentinas/AOP

Site description
This Marine IBA is identified using tracking data. It falls within the Argentina Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and the Atlantic, Southwest FAO ocean region. The site covers an area of 56566 km2 and is 208 km away from the closet coastline. The depth ranges from 90 to 4434 m, with a mean annual wind speed of 2.14 m/s, mean annual sea surface temperature falls between 8.58 and 18.62 °C and mean annual chlorophyll-a concentrations found to range between 0.46 and 2.42 mg/m3.

Key biodiversity
1 species triggers IBA criteria at this Marine IBA. BirdLife analyses of tracking data estimates that 900000-7000000 individuals of Great Shearwater (LC) from Tristan da Cunha Islands are present at the site during the Non-breeding (Jan-Mar) life-history stage.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Atlantic, Southwest 16 - Marine. Downloaded from on 06/12/2021.