Tinhosas islands - Marine

Country/territory: São Tomé e Príncipe

IBA Criteria met: -
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Area: 2,076,638 ha

Protection status:

Site description
This Marine IBA is identified using seaward extensions around breeding colonies. It originates from the Sâo Tomé e Principe Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and falls within the Atlantic, Eastern Central FAO ocean region. The site covers an area of 20766 km2 and is 79 km away from the closet coastline. The depth ranges from 0 to 3155 m, with a mean annual wind speed of 1.55 m/s, mean annual sea surface temperature falls between 26.63 and 27.29 °C and mean annual chlorophyll-a concentrations found to range between 0.19 and 0.4 mg/m3.

Key biodiversity
4 species trigger IBA criteria at this Marine IBA. Seaward extensions around breeding colony; Tinhosas islands include key near-colony areas for breeding populations of Black Noddy (LC) 15000-48000 individuals, Brown Booby (LC) 2250-7200 individuals, Brown Noddy (LC) 6000-24000 individuals and Sooty Tern (LC) 120000-240000 individuals.

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