Indian Ocean, Western 4 - Marine

Country/territory: South Africa

IBA Criteria met: -
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Area: 124,833 ha

BirdLife South Africa

Site description
This Marine IBA is identified using tracking data. It falls within the South Africa Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and the Indian Ocean, FAO ocean region. The site covers an area of 1248 km2 and is 342 km away from the closet coastline. The depth ranges from 2965 to 4024 m, mean annual sea surface temperature falls between 8.68 and 9.51 °C and mean annual chlorophyll-a concentrations found to range between 0.26 and 0.3 mg/m3.

Key biodiversity
1 species triggers IBA criteria at this Marine IBA. BirdLife analyses of tracking data estimates that 578-631 individuals of Wandering Albatross (VU) from Prince Edward Island are present at the site during the Brood-guard (Mar-Apr) life-history stage.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Indian Ocean, Western 4 - Marine. Downloaded from on 21/03/2023.