Indian Ocean, Eastern 9 - Marine

Country/territory: Australia

IBA Criteria met: -
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Area: 328,215 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 3282 km2 and is 49 km away from the closet coastline. The depth ranges from 75 to 1494 m, with a mean annual wind speed of 2.36 m/s, mean annual sea surface temperature falls between 14.32 and 15.1 °C and mean annual chlorophyll-a concentrations found to range between 0.3 and 0.42 mg/m3.

Key biodiversity
3 species trigger IBA criteria at this Marine IBA. BirdLife analyses of tracking data estimates that 2416-4413 individuals of Black-browed Albatross (EN) from Iles Kerguelen are present at the site during the Non-breeding (Apr-Sep) life-history stage. 942-19743 individuals of Shy Albatross (NT) from Albatross Island are present at the site during the Brood-guard (Dec-Jan) and Incubation (Sep-Dec) life-history stages.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Indian Ocean, Eastern 9 - Marine. Downloaded from on 03/08/2020.