Marquesas Marin


Country/territory: French Polynesia

IBA Criteria met: A1, A4i, A4ii, A4iii (2012)
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Area: 2,721,483 ha

Protection status:

Société d'Ornithologie de Polynésie (Manu)
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2012 medium favourable negligible
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Site description
The site boundary is based upon a seaward extension of 70 km around Marquesas to encompass the foraging range of IBA threshold numbers of waterbirds based upon a 2008 population estimate of 84,000 breeding pairs from Faulquier, L., Pascal, M. and Chapuis, J-L. (2009) Compte-rendu de l'operation d'eradication du rat du pacifique (Rattus exulans) de l'ilot Teuaua (Ua Huka, Marquises). Programme BirdLife International, Societe d'Ornithologie de Polynesie MANU, 22pgs; IBA threshold numbers of waterbirds based upon a 2007 population estimate of 500,000 individuals from Raust, P. and Sanford, G. (2007) Zones importantes pour la conservation des oiseaux en Polynesie francaise. Societe d'Ornithologie de Polynesie - MANU et BirdLife International. Papeete, Polynesie francaise, 156pgs; high use and transit areas of IBA threshold numbers of Audubon's Shearwater based upon a 1998 population estimate of 1000 - 2000 breeding pairs from cited in Thibault, JC. and Bretagnolle, V. (2007) Atlas des oiseaux marins nicheurs de Polynesie Francaise et du Groupe Pitcain. Societe d'Ornithologie de Polynesie, convention no6-0052, 30/09/2007; Herald Petrel based upon a 1975 population estimate of 800 - 1,200 breeding pairs from Holyoak, D.T. and Thibault, JC. (1984) Contribution a l'etude des oiseaux de Polynesie orientale. Mem. Mus. Nat. Hist. Nat. Paris, 129: 1-209; Phoenix Petrel based upon a 1989 population estimate of 32 - 62 breeding pairs from Thibault, JC. and Bretagnolle, V. (2007) Atlas des oiseaux marins nicheurs de Polynesie Francaise et du Groupe Pitcain. Societe d'Ornithologie de Polynesie, convention no6-0052, 30/09/2007; and White-throated Storm-petrel based upon a 1990 population estimate of 2 individuals from Roland, and Seite, J. (1990) Causes de disparition des oiseaux terrestres de polynesie francaise. 92pgs.

Key biodiversity
The site boundary is based upon a seaward extension of 70 km around Marquesas to encompass the foraging range of IBA threshold numbers of waterbirds based upon a 2008 population estimate of 84,000 breeding pairs from Faulquier, L., Pascal, M. and Chapuis, J-L. (2009) Compte-rendu de l'operation d'eradication du rat du pacifique (Rattus exulans) de l'ilot Teuaua (Ua Huka, Marquises). Programme BirdLife International, Societe d'Ornithologie de Polynesie MANU, 22pgs; IBA threshold numbers of waterbirds based upon a 2007 population estimate of 500,000 individuals from Raust, P. and Sanford, G. (2007) Zones importantes pour la conservation des oiseaux en Polynesie francaise. Societe d'Ornithologie de Polynesie - MANU et BirdLife International. Papeete, Polynesie francaise, 156pgs; high use and transit areas of IBA threshold numbers of Audubon's Shearwater based upon a 1998 population estimate of 1000 - 2000 breeding pairs from cited in Thibault, JC. and Bretagnolle, V. (2007) Atlas des oiseaux marins nicheurs de Polynesie Francaise et du Groupe Pitcain. Societe d'Ornithologie de Polynesie, convention no6-0052, 30/09/2007; Herald Petrel based upon a 1975 population estimate of 800 - 1,200 breeding pairs from Holyoak, D.T. and Thibault, JC. (1984) Contribution a l'etude des oiseaux de Polynesie orientale. Mem. Mus. Nat. Hist. Nat. Paris, 129: 1-209; Phoenix Petrel based upon a 1989 population estimate of 32 - 62 breeding pairs from Thibault, JC. and Bretagnolle, V. (2007) Atlas des oiseaux marins nicheurs de Polynesie Francaise et du Groupe Pitcain. Societe d'Ornithologie de Polynesie, convention no6-0052, 30/09/2007; and White-throated Storm-petrel based upon a 1990 population estimate of 2 individuals from Roland, and Seite, J. (1990) Causes de disparition des oiseaux terrestres de polynesie francaise. 92pgs.


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Marquesas Marin. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 15/09/2019.