Jan Mayen island

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2014

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Northern Fulmar Fulmarus glacialis LC breeding 2010 173,000 breeding pairs A4ii, B1ii
Sabine's Gull Xema sabini LC breeding 2010 6 mature individuals A3
Glaucous Gull Larus hyperboreus LC breeding 2010 340 mature individuals A3
Black Guillemot Cepphus grylle LC breeding 2010 412 mature individuals B1ii, B2
Little Auk Alle alle LC breeding 2010 83,000 breeding pairs A3, B1ii
Thick-billed Murre Uria lomvia LC breeding 2010 111,000 breeding pairs A4ii, B1ii, B2
A4iii Species group - seabirds n/a breeding 2010 373,000 breeding pairs A4iii

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

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IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Jan Mayen Naturreservat (Jan Mayen) 38,099 protected area contained by site 431,500
Jan Mayen Marine Protected Area (OSPAR) 431,500 protected area contained by site 0


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Tundra -
Marine Neritic -
Coastline -
For further information about the habitat classification please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research -
not utilised -
For further information about the land use classification please click here.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Jan Mayen island. Downloaded from on 27/03/2023.