A small brackish lagoon separated from the sea by dunes and surrounded by patches of saltmarsh and agricultural land. Human activities include aquaculture, agriculture, and tourism.
The site is important for breeding, passage and wintering waterbirds. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Pelecanus crispus (5-11 non-breeding individuals), Aythya nyroca (passage).
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Hunting is a serious problem, despite a partial prohibition. Additional threats are from aquaculture, road construction and tourism development. Part of the area is a candidate SAC.
National None International PartialPart of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Kotychi Lagoon, 3,700 ha). 1,647 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Limnothalassa Kotychi, 1,647 ha)
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Kotychi lagoon. Downloaded from
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