A wetland complex including coastal lagoons, a seasonal brackish marsh, extensive saltmarshes and sandflats and a freshwater marsh with reedbeds (Phragmites). Both lakes dry out in late summer. Human activities include arable cultivation, fishing, hunting, and aquaculture.
The site is important for migratory waders and raptors and wintering wildfowl. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aythya nyroca (passage).
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Lake Aliki is threatened by plans to convert it to an industrialized saltpan. Other threats include the filling-in of wetland, rubbish dumping (`Other' threats, above) and hunting. Part of the area is a candidate SAC.
National Partial International LowPart of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Komi-Tourles-Chortarolimni/Romanou-Roussopouliou, 950 ha). Part of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Palaiokastro-Alepotripes-Voutsadika/Panagias-Plaka, 1,200 ha). 1,302 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Ygrotopoi Kolpou Kallonis, 1,302 ha).
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lakes Chortarolimni and Alyki, Moudros gulf, Diapori fen and Fakos peninsula, Limnos. Downloaded from
http://www.birdlife.org on 09/05/2021.