Kandalaksha Bay

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2000

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Common Eider Somateria mollissima NT breeding 1988 9,500 breeding pairs A4i, B1i
Common Eider Somateria mollissima NT non-breeding 1988 10,000-12,000 individuals B1i
Common Goldeneye Bucephala clangula LC non-breeding 1988 10,000 individuals A4i, B1i
Black Guillemot Cepphus grylle LC breeding 1988 300-500 breeding pairs B1ii, B2
White-tailed Sea-eagle Haliaeetus albicilla LC breeding 1988 12 breeding pairs A1, B2
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a non-breeding 1988 20,000-49,999 individuals 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)
Polyarnyi Krug Zakaznik 28,300 protected area overlaps with site 0
Kandalakshsky Zapovednik 70,530 protected area overlaps with site 52,105
Kandalaksha Bay Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 208,000 protected area overlaps with site 208,000
Granitoidy o-va Mikkov Nature Monument 10 protected area overlaps with site 0

Local conservation groups

The local conservation groups below are working to support conservation at this IBA.

Name Year formed
Caretaker of Kandalakshski Zaliv 2004
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IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater, Rivers and streams -
Sea Sea inlets and coastal features -
Grassland Humid grasslands -
Coastline Tidal rivers & enclosed tidal waters, Lagoons -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture -
hunting -
nature conservation and research -
tourism/recreation -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Kandalaksha Bay. Downloaded from on 11/08/2022.