South Georgia - Marine

Country/territory: South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands

IBA Criteria met: -
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Area: 1,406,918 ha

Protection status:

Site description
This Marine IBA is identified using seaward extensions around breeding colonies. It originates from the South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and falls within the Atlantic, Antarctic FAO ocean region. The site covers an area of 14069 km2 and borders the coastline. The depth ranges from 0 to 627 m and mean annual sea surface temperature falls between 0.65 and 1.41 °C.

Key biodiversity
3 species trigger IBA criteria at this Marine IBA. Seaward extensions around breeding colony; South Georgia - mainland, islands, islets and stacks include key near-colony areas for breeding populations of Imperial Shag (LC) 15483-20128 breeding pairs, White-chinned Petrel (VU) 6000000-6000000 breeding pairs and Antarctic Tern (LC) 3750-7125 breeding pairs.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: South Georgia - Marine. Downloaded from on 13/04/2021.