Indian Ocean, Antarctic and Southern 48 - Marine


Country/territory: French Southern Territories

IBA Criteria met: -
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Area: 4,268,954 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 42690 km2 and is 294 km away from the closet coastline. The depth ranges from 1486 to 3221 m, with a mean annual wind speed of 2.94 m/s, mean annual sea surface temperature falls between 4.37 and 6.88 °C and mean annual chlorophyll-a concentrations found to range between 0.18 and 0.42 mg/m3.

Key biodiversity
3 species trigger IBA criteria at this Marine IBA. BirdLife analyses of tracking data estimates that 251-2506 individuals of Wandering Albatross (VU) from Iles Crozet are present at the site during the Immature (Feb-Oct) and Non-breeding (Year-Round) life-history stages. 540-4500 individuals of Sooty Albatross (EN) from Iles Crozet are present at the site during the Incubation (Oct-Dec) life-history stage.


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Indian Ocean, Antarctic and Southern 48 - Marine. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 25/01/2021.