Important Bird Areas

Western St. Lawrence Island Marine

Alaska

The Western St. Lawrence Island Marine IBA occupies 260,230 acres of pelagic open water habitat. The IBA is located in the Eastern Bering Sea - Inner Domain ecoregion within the Eastern Bering Sea. The centroid of this IBA is 0.0 km from the nearest land.

It Western St. Lawrence Island Marine IBA is owned and managed as: federal-other and state-other, and has the following primary uses: fisheries/aquaculture-other. It is exposed to the following threat types: aquaculture/fisheries, boats, habitat fragmentation, natural events-other, and water pollution

The Western St. Lawrence Island Marine is an IBA for the following species: Spectacled Eider and Crested Auklet. It contains an estimated 11,359 Spectacled Eider (breeding) and 117,318 Crested Auklet (breeding). The following species are on the Audubon Alaska WatchList: Spectacled Eider.

Ornithological Summary

Western St. Lawrence Island Marine is an IBA for the following species: Spectacled Eider and Crested Auklet. It contains an estimated 11,359 Spectacled Eider (breeding) and 117,318 Crested Auklet (breeding). These estimates are based on the analysis of 26 non-breeding surveys and 158 breeding surveys. These surveys were conducted between June 20, 1975 and March 23, 2008. The following species are on the Audubon Alaska WatchList: Spectacled Eider.

Conservation Issues

The Western St. Lawrence Island Marine IBA is threatened by: aquaculture/fisheries, boats, habitat fragmentation, natural events-other, and water pollution.

Ownership

The Western St. Lawrence Island Marine IBA is owned and managed as: federal-other and state-other.

Habitat

The Western St. Lawrence Island Marine IBA is characterized by the following habitat types: open water. The IBA is located in the Eastern Bering Sea - Inner Domain ecoregion with the Eastern Bering Sea. The average water depth is -40.2 m and ranges from -65.6 m to 0.0 m.

Land Use

The Western St. Lawrence Island Marine IBA is used for: fisheries/aquaculture-other.

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