Pacific, Southwest 54 - Marine


Country/territory: New Zealand

IBA Criteria met: -
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Area: 581,760 ha

Protection status:

Forest and Bird

Site description
This Marine IBA is identified using tracking data. It falls within the New Zealand Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and the Pacific, Southwest FAO ocean region. The site covers an area of 5818 km2 and is 49 km away from the closet coastline. The depth ranges from 111 to 2327 m, with a mean annual wind speed of 2.56 m/s, mean annual sea surface temperature falls between 11.48 and 13.15 °C and mean annual chlorophyll-a concentrations found to range between 0.33 and 0.54 mg/m3.

Key biodiversity
4 species trigger IBA criteria at this Marine IBA. BirdLife analyses of tracking data estimates that 1031-5186 individuals of Chatham Albatross (VU) from Chatham Islands/Rekohu/Wharekauri are present at the site during the Brood-guard (Oct-Dec) life-history stage. 103-294 individuals of Chatham Petrel (EN) from Chatham Islands/Rekohu/Wharekauri are present at the site during the Breeding (Dec-Jun) life-history stage. 34071-68143 individuals of Grey Petrel (NT) from Antipodes Islands are present at the site during the Breeding (Mar-Dec) life-history stage. 1138-1463 individuals of Wandering Albatross (VU) from Iles Kerguelen are present at the site during the Non-breeding (Feb-Dec) life-history stage.


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Pacific, Southwest 54 - Marine. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 25/01/2021.