Atlantic, Southwest 49 - Marine

Country/territory: Falkland Islands (Malvinas)

IBA Criteria met: -
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Area: 294,189 ha

Falklands Conservation

Site description
This Marine IBA is identified using both tracking data and seaward extensions around breeding colonies. It falls within the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and the Atlantic, Southwest FAO ocean region. The site covers an area of 2942 km2 and is 22 km away from the closet coastline. The depth ranges from 0 to 100 m and mean annual sea surface temperature falls between 7.11 and 7.65 °C.

Key biodiversity
2 species trigger IBA criteria at this Marine IBA. BirdLife analyses of tracking data estimates that 2014-13181 individuals of Black-browed Albatross (EN) from Saunders Island are present at the site during the Incubation (Oct-Jan) life-history stage. Seaward extensions around breeding colony; Pebble Island Group include key near-colony areas for breeding populations of Sooty Shearwater (NT) 300-300 breeding pairs.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Atlantic, Southwest 49 - Marine. Downloaded from on 31/03/2023.