Location in Antarctica
|Area||5 km2 (1.9 sq mi)|
|Administered under the Antarctic Treaty System|
The Duroch Islands are a group of islands and rocks which extend over an area of about 5 km2 (1.9 sq mi), centred about 1 km (0.62 mi) off Cape Legoupil on the north coast of Trinity Peninsula, Antarctica. They were discovered by a French expedition under Captain Jules Dumont d'Urville, 1837–40, who gave the name "Rocher Duroch" to one of the larger islands in the group after Ensign Joseph Duroch of d'Urville's expedition ship, the Astrolabe. The Falkland Islands Dependencies Survey, which charted the islands in 1946, recommended that the name Duroch be extended to include the entire group of islands. The islands are close to Chile's Bernardo O'Higgins Station at Cape Legoupil.
Important Bird Area
The islands has been identified as an Important Bird Area (IBA) by BirdLife International because they support breeding colonies of several penguin species, including Adélies (800 pairs), chinstraps (9400 pairs) and gentoos (3500 pairs).
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