Indian Ocean, Eastern 15 - Marine

Country/territory: Australia

IBA Criteria met: -
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Area: 1,210,175 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 12102 km2 and is 44 km away from the closet coastline. The depth ranges from 0 to 3963 m, with a mean annual wind speed of 2.66 m/s, mean annual sea surface temperature falls between 12.85 and 14.79 °C and mean annual chlorophyll-a concentrations found to range between 0.36 and 0.54 mg/m3.

Key biodiversity
1 species triggers 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.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Indian Ocean, Eastern 15 - Marine. Downloaded from on 29/05/2020.