Indian Ocean, Western 68 - Marine

Country/territory: French Southern Territories

IBA Criteria met: -
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Area: 11,022,443 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 110224 km2 and is 154 km away from the closet coastline. The depth ranges from 2371 to 4011 m, with a mean annual wind speed of 1.74 m/s, mean annual sea surface temperature falls between 24.81 and 26.85 °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 68 - Marine. Downloaded from on 05/12/2021.