Country/territory: French Southern Territories
IBA Criteria met: -
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Area: 6,838,252 ha
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 68383 km2 and is 110 km away from the closet coastline. The depth ranges from 168 to 3658 m, with a mean annual wind speed of 2.88 m/s, mean annual sea surface temperature falls between 4.84 and 8.75 °C and mean annual chlorophyll-a concentrations found to range between 0.25 and 0.74 mg/m3.
5 species trigger IBA criteria at this Marine IBA. BirdLife analyses of tracking data estimates that 251-2506 individuals of Wandering Albatross (VU) from Iles Crozet are present at the site during the Immature (Feb-Oct) and Juvenile (Dec-Jun) life-history stages. 223-1541 individuals of Sooty Albatross (EN) from are present at the site during the Juvenile (Apr-May) life-history stage. 540-5400 individuals of Sooty Albatross (EN) from Iles Crozet are present at the site during the Incubation (Oct-Dec) and Post-guard (Jan-May) life-history stages.
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Indian Ocean, Western 71 - Marine. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 21/03/2023.