New Zealand Exclusive economic zone (EEZ)

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This sea area contains areas of South Pacific Ocean and Southern Ocean and includes the internal waters, territorial waters and exclusive economic zone of New Zealand. It is an important sea area due to the high number of breeding seabird endemics (36 species), occurs more than one-third of seabird species worldwide (140 of 359 species), and the breeding seabird population is estimated to be about 14 million pairs. In this area occurs 140 species of seabirds and have been identified 69 marine IBA.

Ornithological importance

In New Zealand breeds regularly 86 seabird species, highlighting the Sooty Shearwater (Puffinus griseus), Black-winged Petrel (Pterodroma nigripennis), Fairy Prion (Pachyptila turtur), White-faced Storm-petrel (Pelagodroma marina), Common Diving-petrel (Pelecanoides urinatrix), Broad-billed Prion (Pachyptila vittata), Mottled Petrel (Pterodroma inexpectata), Cook's Petrel (Pterodroma cookii), Great-winged Petrel (Pterodroma macroptera), White-headed Petrel (Pterodroma lessonii), Buller's Shearwater (Puffinus bulleri), Antarctic Prion (Pachyptila desolata), Little Shearwater (Puffinus assimilis), White-capped Albatross (Thalassarche steadi), White-chinned Petrel (Procellaria aequinoctialis), and Hutton's Shearwater (Puffinus huttoni).

Geographic information

-44.291851°, 177.115445°


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Conservation status

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Information in English
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  • Forest & Bird (2014). New Zealand Seabirds: Important Bird Areas and Conservation. The Royal Forest & Bird Protection Society of New Zealand, Wellington, New Zealand, Birdlife Internacional, Birds New Zealand
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