The Kachemak Bay IBA occupies 257,137 acres of pelagic open water habitat. The IBA is located in the Southeastern Cook Inlet - Kodiak Upwelling ecoregion within the Gulf of Alaska. The centroid of this IBA is 14.1 km from the nearest land.

It Kachemak Bay IBA is owned and managed as: federal-other and state-other, and has the following primary uses: fisheries/aquaculture-other, ecological research, birdwatching, and ecotourism. It is exposed to the following threat types: aquaculture/fisheries, boats, habitat fragmentation, natural events-other, nutrient pollution, and water pollution

The Kachemak Bay is an IBA for the following species: Kittlitz's murrelet, White-winged Scoter, Black Scoter, Pelagic Cormorant, and Marbled Murrelet. It contains an estimated 1,444 Kittlitz's murrelet (breeding), 18,090 White-winged Scoter (non-breeding), 6,046 Black Scoter (non-breeding), 4,457 Pelagic Cormorant (non-breeding), and 6,661 Marbled Murrelet (breeding). The following species are on the Audubon Alaska WatchList: Kittlitz's Murrelet and Marbled Murrelet.

Ornithological Summary

Kachemak Bay is an IBA for the following species: Kittlitz's murrelet, White-winged Scoter, Black Scoter, Pelagic Cormorant, and Marbled Murrelet. It contains an estimated 1,444 Kittlitz's murrelet (breeding), 18,090 White-winged Scoter (non-breeding), 6,046 Black Scoter (non-breeding), 4,457 Pelagic Cormorant (non-breeding), and 6,661 Marbled Murrelet (breeding). These estimates are based on the analysis of 201 non-breeding surveys and 1245 breeding surveys. These surveys were conducted between March 06, 1975 and September 20, 2009. The following species are on the Audubon Alaska WatchList: Kittlitz's Murrelet and Marbled Murrelet.

Conservation Issues

The Kachemak Bay IBA is threatened by: aquaculture/fisheries, boats, habitat fragmentation, natural events-other, nutrient pollution, and water pollution.

Ownership

The Kachemak Bay IBA is owned and managed as: federal-other and state-other.

Habitat

The Kachemak Bay IBA is characterized by the following habitat types: open water. The IBA is located in the Southeastern Cook Inlet - Kodiak Upwelling ecoregion with the Gulf of Alaska. The average water depth is -37.0 m and ranges from -161.1 m to 0.0 m.

Land Use

The Kachemak Bay IBA is used for: fisheries/aquaculture-other, ecological research, birdwatching, and ecotourism.

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