Atlantic, Southwest 9 - Marine

Country/territory: Falkland Islands (Malvinas)

IBA Criteria met: -
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Area: 1,813,916 ha

Protection status:

Falklands Conservation

Site description
This Marine IBA is identified using tracking data. It falls within the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and the Atlantic, Southwest FAO ocean region. The site covers an area of 18139 km2 and is 258 km away from the closet coastline. The depth ranges from 187 to 4121 m, with a mean annual wind speed of 2.92 m/s, mean annual sea surface temperature falls between 4.28 and 5.3 °C and mean annual chlorophyll-a concentrations found to range between 0.23 and 0.55 mg/m3.

Key biodiversity
1 species triggers IBA criteria at this Marine IBA. BirdLife analyses of tracking data estimates that 399-1183 individuals of Wandering Albatross (VU) from South Georgia are present at the site during the Incubation (Jan-Apr) life-history stage.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Atlantic, Southwest 9 - Marine. Downloaded from on 25/01/2021.