Fraser Point, Laurie Island

Country/territory: Antarctica

IBA Criteria met: A4iii (2015)
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Area: 32 ha

Protection status:

Site description

Fraser Point lies at the eastern extremity of Laurie Island, at the eastern entrance to Marr Bay. The IBA qualifies on the basis of the concentration of seabirds present (in particular Chinstrap Penguin (Pygoscelis antarctica)) and comprises the ice-free area to the south of Fraser Point, including the eastern shoreline of Marr Bay and western shoreline of Mackintosh Cove.

The nearest research station is Orcadas (ARG) which is located 13 km to the west-southwest of the IBA. Orcadas operates year-round with around 45 personnel present in summer and 14 in winter (COMNAP, Antarctic Facilities, accessed 01/09/2010).

Key biodiversity

Approximately 11 200 pairs of Chinstrap Penguin were recorded breeding in 1983, located on the shoreline of the ice-free ground on the eastern side of Marr Bay, south of Fraser Point (Poncet & Poncet 1985).

Non-bird biodiversity: None known.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Fraser Point, Laurie Island. Downloaded from on 21/10/2020.