The site was identified as important in 2014 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
|Species||Current IUCN Red List Category||Season||Year(s)||Population estimate at site||IBA criteria met|
|Fiordland Penguin Eudyptes pachyrhynchus||NT||breeding||1971-1993||82-95 breeding pairs||A1, A4ii|
The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2014).
|Protected area (PA)||PA designation||PA area (ha)||Relationship of PA with IBA||Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)|
|Whakapohai||Wildlife Refuge||39||protected area overlaps with site||0|
|Te Wahipounamu – South West New Zealand||World Heritage Site (natural or mixed)||2,600,000||protected area overlaps with site||0|
|Knights Point||Stewardship Area||1||protected area overlaps with site||0|
|Cook River to Haast River||Stewardship Area||188,734||protected area overlaps with site||0|
|Habitat (IUCN level 1)||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Whakapohai. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/whakapohai-iba-new-zealand on 26/09/2023.