Indian Ocean, Antarctic and Southern 20 - Marine

Country/territory: French Southern Territories

IBA Criteria met: -
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Area: 1,953,489 ha

Protection status:

Site description
This Marine IBA is identified using tracking data. It falls within the French Southern Territories Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and the Indian Ocean, FAO ocean region. The site covers an area of 19535 km2 and is 44 km away from the closet coastline. The depth ranges from 120 to 1091 m, with a mean annual wind speed of 3.73 m/s, mean annual sea surface temperature falls between 1.86 and 2.65 °C and mean annual chlorophyll-a concentrations found to range between 0.21 and 1.18 mg/m3.

Key biodiversity
1 species triggers IBA criteria at this Marine IBA. BirdLife analyses of tracking data estimates that 43875-200561 individuals of White-chinned Petrel (VU) from Iles Kerguelen are present at the site during the Breeding (Oct-May) life-history stage.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Indian Ocean, Antarctic and Southern 20 - Marine. Downloaded from on 13/04/2021.