Atlantic, Southwest 19 - Marine

Country/territory: High Seas

IBA Criteria met: A1 (2012)
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Area: 244,319 ha

Protection status:

Site description
This Marine IBA is identified using tracking data. It falls within High Seas International Waters and the Atlantic, Southwest FAO ocean region. The site covers an area of 2443 km2 and is 389 km away from the closet coastline. The depth ranges from 128 to 174 m, with a mean annual wind speed of 2.35 m/s, mean annual sea surface temperature falls between 8.93 and 9.6 °C and mean annual chlorophyll-a concentrations found to range between 1.32 and 1.79 mg/m3.

Key biodiversity
1 species triggers IBA criteria at this Marine IBA. BirdLife analyses of tracking data estimates that 2014-4394 individuals of Black-browed Albatross (EN) from Saunders Island are present at the site during the Incubation (Sep-Dec) life-history stage.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Atlantic, Southwest 19 - Marine. Downloaded from on 07/07/2020.