Indian Ocean, Eastern 14 - Marine

Country/territory: Australia

IBA Criteria met: -
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Area: 2,766,974 ha

Protection status:

BirdLife Australia

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 27670 km2 and is 62 km away from the closet coastline. The depth ranges from 192 to 4120 m, with a mean annual wind speed of 2.77 m/s, mean annual sea surface temperature falls between 12.11 and 13.93 °C and mean annual chlorophyll-a concentrations found to range between 0.34 and 0.46 mg/m3.

Key biodiversity
2 species trigger IBA criteria at this Marine IBA. BirdLife analyses of tracking data estimates that 19286-46286 individuals of Short-tailed Shearwater (LC) from are present at the site during the Breeding (Nov-Apr) 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 14 - Marine. Downloaded from on 26/01/2021.