Suakin-Gulf of Agig

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Suakin-Gulf of Agig

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    1,125,000 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    18°34'N 38°04'E
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Suakin-Gulf of Agig.02/02/09; Red Sea State; 1,125,000 ha; 18°34'N 038°05'E. The site boundary follows the Suakin Archipelago, a proposed Marine Protected Area that occupies the southeastern quarter of the site. It is comprised of diverse forms of wetlands such as sand flats, coral reefs, lagoons, sand shores amongst others, a diversity which allows for a rich range of fauna and flora to thrive at the site, marine turtles such as the Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) and Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas); seabirds; commercial bony fish and shrimp species. Sightings of the Sea Cow (Dugong dugon) and Bottlenose Dolphin (Turciops truncates) have also been noted. Various socio-economic activities take place within and around the site, but the most common practice is nomadism with camels, which are of great social and economic value. The Tokar Delta is the sole area with significant potential for cultivation in the whole coastal zone, with cotton, sorghum, millet and vegetables. The proposed shrimp and fish farming industry project, as well as efforts to widen the entrance and ship channels and reconstruct the port of Suakin, pose major threats to the character of the site. Ramsar site no. 1860. Most recent RIS information: 2009.

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Red Sea State

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