Indian Ocean, Western 13 - Marine


Country/territory: High Seas

IBA Criteria met: -
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Area: 1,784,501 ha

Protection status:


Site description
This Marine IBA is identified using tracking data. It falls within High Seas International Waters and the Indian Ocean, FAO ocean region. The site covers an area of 17845 km2 and is 794 km away from the closet coastline. The depth ranges from 4978 to 5301 m, with a mean annual wind speed of 2.9 m/s, mean annual sea surface temperature falls between 15.35 and 16 °C and mean annual chlorophyll-a concentrations found to range between 0.22 and 0.39 mg/m3.

Key biodiversity
3 species trigger IBA criteria at this Marine IBA. BirdLife analyses of tracking data estimates that 5-7 individuals of Amsterdam Albatross (CR) from Ile Amsterdam are present at the site during the Juvenile (Jan-Aug) life-history stage. 278-642 individuals of Wandering Albatross (VU) from Iles Crozet are present at the site during the Juvenile (Dec-Jun) life-history stage. 599-599 individuals of Wandering Albatross (VU) from South Georgia are present at the site during the Juvenile (Jun-Oct) life-history stage.


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Indian Ocean, Western 13 - Marine. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 25/01/2021.