This Marine IBA is identified using seaward extensions around breeding colonies. It originates from the Australia Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and falls within the Pacific, Western Central FAO ocean region. The site covers an area of 30622 km2 and borders the coastline. The depth ranges from 0 to 2956 m, with a mean annual wind speed of 2.04 m/s and mean annual sea surface temperature falls between 25.77 and 27.03 °C.
3 species trigger IBA criteria at this Marine IBA. Seaward extensions around breeding colonies; Islands north of Port Stewart (Great Barrier Reef), Stapleton Island (Great Barrier Reef), Wilson Reef (Great Barrier Reef) include key near-colony areas for breeding populations of Bridled Tern (LC) 4500-24000 individuals, Brown Booby (LC) 3000-8160 individuals and Lesser Crested Tern (LC) 2385-19695 individuals.
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Islands north of Port Stewart / Stapleton Island / Wilson Reef (Great Barrier Reef) - Marine. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 24/05/2022.