Indian Ocean, Eastern 6 - Marine

Country/territory: Australia

IBA Criteria met: -
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Area: 2,077,698 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 20777 km2 and is 66 km away from the closet coastline. The depth ranges from 58 to 5545 m, with a mean annual wind speed of 2.06 m/s, mean annual sea surface temperature falls between 15.51 and 16.57 °C and mean annual chlorophyll-a concentrations found to range between 0.18 and 0.22 mg/m3.

Key biodiversity
1 species triggers IBA criteria at this Marine IBA. BirdLife analyses of tracking data estimates that 173-347 individuals of Wandering Albatross (VU) from Iles Kerguelen are present at the site during the Juvenile (Jan-Mar) life-history stage.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Indian Ocean, Eastern 6 - Marine. Downloaded from on 25/01/2021.