Kiritimati (Christmas Island) Marine


IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2012

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Red-tailed Tropicbird Phaethon rubricauda LC breeding 2007 820-1,100 breeding pairs A4ii
Polynesian Storm-petrel Nesofregetta fuliginosa EN breeding 2007 200-500 breeding pairs A1, A4ii
Phoenix Petrel Pterodroma alba EN breeding 2007 2,300-3,800 breeding pairs A1, A4ii
Christmas Shearwater Puffinus nativitatis LC breeding 2007 4,000-7,000 breeding pairs A4ii
Tropical Shearwater Puffinus bailloni LC breeding 2007 3,100-4,100 breeding pairs A4ii
Brown Noddy Anous stolidus LC breeding 2007 15,000-31,000 breeding pairs A4i
Black Noddy Anous minutus LC breeding 2007 100,000 breeding pairs A4i

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 Monitoring

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2012 medium favourable negligible
Was the whole site covered? Yes State assessed by Habitat
Accuracy of information poor

Threats to the site (pressure)
Threat Level 1 Threat Level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Biological resource use fishing & harvesting aquatic resources - unintentional effects: large scale happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Climate change and severe weather habitat shifting and alteration likely in long term (beyond 4 years) whole area/population (>90%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Pollution excess energy - light pollution happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Pollution industrial & military effluents - oil spills happening now some of area/population (10-49%) no or imperceptible deterioration low

Condition of habitat (state)
Habitat Habitat Detail Reference Area (ha) Actual Area (ha) % of habitat remaining % of carrying capacity (overall) Result
Sea 0 0 good (> 90%) good (> 90%) favourable

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning Conservation Action Result
Little/none of site covered (<10%) No management planning has taken place Very little or no conservation action taking place negligible
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IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
North-west Point Closed Area (Kiritimati) Closed Area 13 protected area overlaps with site 0
Ngaontetaake Islet Closed Area (Kiritimati) Closed Area 26 protected area overlaps with site 0
Motu Upua Closed Area Closed Area 19 protected area overlaps with site 0
Motu Tabu Islet Closed Area (Kiritimati) Closed Area 4 protected area overlaps with site 0
Kiritimati Atoll (Christmas Island) Multi/Multiple Use Conservation Area 52,370 protected area overlaps with site 0
Cook Islet Closed Area (Kiritimati WS) Bird Reserve 2,200 protected area overlaps with site 0

Habitats

IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Sea Coral reefs and lagoons, Marine areas, Shallow marine waters -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Kiritimati (Christmas Island) Marine. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 17/01/2022.