Siyal islands - Marine

Country/territory: Egypt

IBA Criteria met: -
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Area: 73,988 ha

Nature Conservation Eqypt

Site description
This Marine IBA is identified using seaward extensions around breeding colonies. It originates from the Sudan Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and falls within the Indian Ocean, Western FAO ocean region. The site covers an area of 740 km2 and borders the coastline. The depth ranges from 0 to 71 m, mean annual sea surface temperature falls between 27.16 and 27.43 °C and mean annual chlorophyll-a concentrations found to range between 0.24 and 2.37 mg/m3.

Key biodiversity
1 species triggers IBA criteria at this Marine IBA. Seaward extensions around breeding colony; Siyal islands include key near-colony areas for breeding populations of White-eyed Gull (NT) 210-210 individuals.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Siyal islands - Marine. Downloaded from on 23/01/2022.