Indian Ocean, Antarctic and Southern 30 - Marine

Country/territory: French Southern Territories

IBA Criteria met: -
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Area: 171,297 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 1713 km2 and is 440 km away from the closet coastline. The depth ranges from 2112 to 2776 m, mean annual sea surface temperature falls between 2.86 and 3.17 °C and mean annual chlorophyll-a concentrations found to range between 0.18 and 0.2 mg/m3.

Key biodiversity
1 species triggers IBA criteria at this Marine IBA. BirdLife analyses of tracking data estimates that 347-462 individuals of Wandering Albatross (VU) from Iles Kerguelen are present at the site during the Brood-guard (Mar-Apr) life-history stage.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Indian Ocean, Antarctic and Southern 30 - Marine. Downloaded from on 21/03/2023.