Reserva de la Biosfera Banco Chinchorro

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Reserva de la Biosfera Banco Chinchorro

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  • Area: 
    144,360 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    18°34'N 87°19'W
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Reserva de la Biosfera Banco Chinchorro. 02/02/04; Quintana Roo; 144,360 ha; 18°35'N 87°20'W. Reserva de la Biosfera. Reefs complex classified as a false atoll, or platform reef, the lagoon contains seagrass beds and sandy areas, with an average depth of 6m. It has four types of habitats: coral reefs, seagrass beds, sandy areas and mangroves. At least 15 species of threatened fauna and flora are present in this area, despite its small size. Two species of great economic importance are also present in the lagoon: the Spiny lobster (Panulirus argus) and the Queen conch (Strombus gigas) - controlled fishing techniques allow for the conservation of both species. The merging parts of the area are frequently used by migratory and local birds for feeding and resting. Fishing is the only economic activity in the area but some tourist plans may prove to be a threat. Gathering of information for designation of the site was supported by the Ramsar Wetlands for the Future Initiative. Ramsar site no. 1353. Most recent RIS information: 2004.

Administrative region: 
Quintana Roo

  • Global international designation: 
    • UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
  • National legal designation: 
    • Reserva de la Biosfera - Banco Chinchorro
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