Kharku island - Marine

Country/territory: Iran, Islamic Republic of

IBA Criteria met: -
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Area: 27,489 ha

Site description
This Marine IBA is identified using seaward extensions around breeding colonies. It originates from the Iran, Islamic Republic of Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and falls within the Indian Ocean, Western FAO ocean region. The site covers an area of 275 km2 and is 31 km away from the closet coastline. The depth ranges from 0 to 39 m, mean annual sea surface temperature falls between 25.41 and 25.45 °C and mean annual chlorophyll-a concentrations found to range between 1.41 and 1.47 mg/m3.

Key biodiversity
1 species triggers IBA criteria at this Marine IBA. Seaward extensions around breeding colony; Kharku island include key near-colony areas for breeding populations of White-cheeked Tern (LC) 750-6375 individuals.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Kharku island - Marine. Downloaded from on 16/05/2022.