Indian Ocean, Antarctic and Southern 23 - Marine


Country/territory: French Southern Territories

IBA Criteria met: -
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Area: 1,279,902 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 12799 km2 and is 22 km away from the closet coastline. The depth ranges from 35 to 2102 m, with a mean annual wind speed of 3.52 m/s, mean annual sea surface temperature falls between 2.45 and 3.47 °C and mean annual chlorophyll-a concentrations found to range between 0.24 and 0.95 mg/m3.

Key biodiversity
6 species trigger IBA criteria at this Marine IBA. BirdLife analyses of tracking data estimates that 173-1115 individuals of Wandering Albatross (VU) from Iles Kerguelen are present at the site during the Brood-guard (Mar-Apr), Incubation (Dec-Mar) and Juvenile (Nov-Dec) life-history stages. 604-4697 individuals of Black-browed Albatross (EN) from Iles Kerguelen are present at the site during the Brood-guard (Dec-Jan), Incubation (Oct-Jan) and Post-guard (Jan-May) life-history stages.


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Indian Ocean, Antarctic and Southern 23 - Marine. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 25/01/2021.