Atlantic, Southwest 34 - Marine

Country/territory: High Seas

IBA Criteria met: A4ii (2012)
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Area: 7,513,698 ha

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 75137 km2 and is 374 km away from the closet coastline. The depth ranges from 3934 to 5506 m, with a mean annual wind speed of 2.32 m/s, mean annual sea surface temperature falls between 11.81 and 19.56 °C and mean annual chlorophyll-a concentrations found to range between 0.24 and 0.82 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 34 - Marine. Downloaded from on 06/12/2021.