Indian Ocean, Eastern 13 - Marine

Year of compilation: 2012

Site description
This Marine IBA is identified using tracking data. It falls within the Australia Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and the Indian Ocean, FAO ocean region. The site covers an area of 3609 km2 and is 31 km away from the closet coastline. The depth ranges from 60 to 1647 m, with a mean annual wind speed of 2.7 m/s, mean annual sea surface temperature falls between 12.85 and 13.94 °C and mean annual chlorophyll-a concentrations found to range between 0.41 and 1.28 mg/m3.

Key biodiversity
3 species trigger IBA criteria at this Marine IBA. BirdLife analyses of tracking data estimates that 1325-10598 individuals of Shy Albatross (NT) from Mewstone are present at the site during the Incubation (Sep-Dec) life-history stage. 278-321 individuals of Wandering Albatross (VU) from Iles Crozet are present at the site during the Juvenile (Jan-Jun) life-history stage.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Indian Ocean, Eastern 13 - Marine. Downloaded from on 08/03/2021.