Indian Ocean, Western 66 - Marine


Country/territory: French Southern Territories

IBA Criteria met: -
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Area: 1,479,357 ha


Site description
This Marine IBA is identified using tracking data. It falls within the French Southern Territories Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and the Indian Ocean, FAO ocean region. The site covers an area of 14794 km2 and is 189 km away from the closet coastline. The depth ranges from 240 to 2669 m, with a mean annual wind speed of 1.51 m/s, mean annual sea surface temperature falls between 27.14 and 27.33 °C and mean annual chlorophyll-a concentrations found to range between 0.13 and 0.16 mg/m3.

Key biodiversity
1 species triggers IBA criteria at this Marine IBA. BirdLife analyses of tracking data estimates that 1440-3600 individuals of Red-Tailed Tropicbird (LC) from Europa are present at the site during the Breeding (Year-Round) life-history stage.


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Indian Ocean, Western 66 - Marine. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 05/12/2021.