Qishn beach - Marine

Country/territory: Yemen

IBA criteria met: -
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Area: 404,986 ha

Site description (baseline)
This Marine IBA is identified using seaward extensions around breeding colonies. It originates from the Yemen Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and falls within the Indian Ocean, Western FAO ocean region. The site covers an area of 4050 km2 and is 22 km away from the closet coastline. The depth ranges from 0 to 668 m, mean annual sea surface temperature falls between 26.04 and 26.77 °C and mean annual chlorophyll-a concentrations found to range between 0.72 and 1.93 mg/m3.

Key biodiversity
2 species trigger IBA criteria at this Marine IBA. Seaward extensions around breeding colony; Qishn beach include key near-colony areas for breeding populations of Sooty Gull (LC) 7800-7800 individuals and Socotra Cormorant (VU) 19500-24000 individuals.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Qishn beach - Marine. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/30526 on 28/05/2023.