Indian Ocean, Antarctic and Southern 24 - Marine

Country/territory: French Southern Territories

IBA Criteria met: -
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Area: 2,279,393 ha

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 22794 km2 and is 70 km away from the closet coastline. The depth ranges from 460 to 2271 m, with a mean annual wind speed of 3.56 m/s, mean annual sea surface temperature falls between 2.03 and 3.37 °C and mean annual chlorophyll-a concentrations found to range between 0.35 and 0.66 mg/m3.

Key biodiversity
2 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 Incubation (Dec-Mar) and Juvenile (Nov-Dec) life-history stages.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Indian Ocean, Antarctic and Southern 24 - Marine. Downloaded from on 21/03/2023.