Black Sea

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
The site includes the narrow sand beach of Chituc and associated coastal waters; there is very little tidal fluctuation. There are only two temporary fishing settlements along a 22 km stretch of coastline.

Key biodiversity
An important area for wintering wildfowl, holding 20,000 or more on a regular basis. Wintering species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aythya nyroca, Oxyura leucocephala and Haliaeetus albicilla.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The main threat is pollution, which is reducing the food resource available to birds (`Other' threat, above). The Danube Delta Research and Management Institute study the reserve as a whole; ROS study the bird fauna. A management plan exists for the site.

Protected areas
National High International HighIBA overlaps with Biosphere Reserve (Danube Delta).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Black Sea. Downloaded from on 24/05/2022.