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ASPA 105: Beaufort Island, McMurdo Sound, Ross Sea
 
Proponent: New Zealand
Location: 76°57´S  166°56´24´´E
Approx. Area: 14.16 km2
Summary: The Area encompasses the whole of Beaufort Island above the mean high water mark, and includes the adjacent fast-ice occupied by breeding Emperor penguins. The island contains substantial avifauna and it is one of the most important breeding areas in the region. It possesses a significant area of vegetation on an ice-cored moraine bench which is exceptional both in its quantity and quality, and is the most extensive, continuous area of mosses yet known for the McMurdo Sound region. It also represents one of the most southerly locations where red snow algae have been observed.
Designation: Rec IV-5
Last Review: 2015
Current Plan: M 5 (2015)
Next Review: Due for review: 2020
Annex V format adoption: 1997
Modification / Review summary: Designated SPA 5 in Rec. IV-5 (1966). A Management Plan and a new description of the area were adopted in Measure 1 (1997). The site was re-designated ASPA 105 in Decision 1 (1997). A revised Management Plan was adopted in Measure 2 (2003). A revised Management Plan was adopted in Measure 4 (2010). The current Management Plan was adopted in Measure 5 (2015).
Primary reason for designation: C - areas with important or unusual assemblages of species, including major colonies of breeding native birds or mammals;
Main Environmental Domain represented: S - McMurdo - South Victoria Land geologic (also includes Ellsworth, Werner etc mountains)

 

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