Shuangtai (Shuangtaizi) Estuary and Inner Gulf of Liaodong

Year of compilation: 2009

Site description
Located on the coast of Panjin and Jinzhou cities. The IBA extends from the Xiaoling He estuary in the west to the Daling He and Shuangtai He estuaries and the reedbeds of the Liao He estuary in the east. There are extensive tidal flats and reedbeds, but these are threatened by oil drilling in the Liaohe oilfield.

Key biodiversity

Non-bird biodiversity: Harbour Seals occur annually in the estuarine areas in mid-March, with a maximum count of about 180 animals.

Conservation responses/actions for key biodiversity
Shuangtaizi Hekou Nature Reserve was established at the provincial level in 1985, and upgraded to a national nature reserve (80,000 ha) in 1988. It became part of the North-East Asian Shorebird Network in 1996 and the North-East Asian Crane Site Network in 2002. The Shuangtai Estuary (128,000 ha) was designated as a ‘Wetland of International Importance’ (or Ramsar site) under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands in 2004.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Shuangtai (Shuangtaizi) Estuary and Inner Gulf of Liaodong. Downloaded from on 26/03/2023.