Basque Islands and Michaud Point - Marine

Country/territory: Canada

IBA Criteria met: -
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Area: 64,899 ha

Birds Canada / Nature Canada

Site description
This Marine IBA is identified using seaward extensions around breeding colonies. It originates from the Canada Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and falls within the Atlantic, Northwest FAO ocean region. The site covers an area of 649 km2 and is 22 km away from the closet coastline. The depth ranges from 0 to 159 m, with a mean annual wind speed of 2.35 m/s, mean annual sea surface temperature falls between 7.52 and 8.03 °C and mean annual chlorophyll-a concentrations found to range between 1.62 and 2.17 mg/m3.

Key biodiversity
1 species triggers IBA criteria at this Marine IBA. Seaward extensions around breeding colony; Basque Islands and Michaud Point include key near-colony areas for breeding populations of Great Cormorant (LC) 272-409 individuals.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Basque Islands and Michaud Point - Marine. Downloaded from on 09/08/2022.