Atlantic, Southwest 41 - Marine


Country/territory: High Seas

IBA Criteria met: -
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Area: 11,550,924 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 115509 km2 and is 688 km away from the closet coastline. The depth ranges from 4983 to 5662 m, with a mean annual wind speed of 2.69 m/s, mean annual sea surface temperature falls between 8.89 and 14.25 °C and mean annual chlorophyll-a concentrations found to range between 0.37 and 0.68 mg/m3.

Key biodiversity
2 species trigger IBA criteria at this Marine IBA. BirdLife analyses of tracking data estimates that 31205-54608 individuals of Grey-headed Albatross (VU) from South Georgia are present at the site during the Non-breeding (Jun-Aug, Nov) life-history stage. 599-599 individuals of Wandering Albatross (VU) from South Georgia are present at the site during the Juvenile (Nov-Mar) life-history stage.


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Atlantic, Southwest 41 - Marine. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 25/01/2021.