Point Martin is located on the southern coast of Laurie Island, on a peninsula extending between Scotia Bay and Wilton Bay. The IBA qualifies on the basis the high concentration of seabirds present (in particular Adélie Penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae) and Chinstrap Penguin (P. antarctica)). The IBA comprises the ice-free area from Point Martin to Cape Hartree in the southwest.
The nearest research station is Orcadas (ARG), located several km from the limit of the IBA. Orcadas operates year-round with around 45 personnel present in summer and 14 in winter (COMNAP, Antarctic Facilities, accessed 01/09/2010).
Coria et al. (2011) reported 26 450 breeding pairs of Adélie Penguin at Point Martin in 2004/05, which compares to 25 880 breeding pairs recorded in 1993/94. A total of 13 394 breeding pairs of Chinstrap Penguin were recorded at Point Martin in 1994 (unpublished data N. Coria, compiled by E. Woehler pers. comm. 2004)). Ardley (1936) reported a colony of ~180 breeding pairs of Imperial Shag (Phalacrocorax [atriceps] bransfieldensis) present on a small islet in western Wilton Bay in Jan 1933, although it is unknown whether the colony still exists. It seems possible that this colony may be the same as that identified as IBA ANT013 on the islet southwest of Cape Davidson.
Non-bird biodiversity: None known.
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Point Martin, Laurie Island. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 21/10/2020.