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Location Japan, Miyagi
Central coordinates 141o 35.00' East  38o 49.00' North
IBA criteria A4i
Area 140 ha
Altitude 0 - 5m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Wild Bird Society of Japan

Site description The site is a ria coast located in Miyagi Prefecture. The geography of the site is mainly a combination of capes with steep cliffs and sharp and deep bays in most areas. Most of the coastline consists of rocks and rocky shores, and narrow cobble beaches lie in front of the coast and between the rocky areas. Along the coasts where relatively large rivers flow in, there are lowlands that are used for rice paddies or hold coastal forests of Pinus thunbergii at some places. There are areas which consist of sand beaches and rocky shores alternately, and farmlands and rice paddies.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Brent Goose Branta bernicla winter  2004  present  A4i  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2010 low not assessed low
Poor - based on little, or potentially unreliable/unrepresentative, data

Geological events earthquakes/tsunamis likely in long term (beyond 4 years) whole area/population (>90%) no or imperceptible deterioration low

Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation  A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive  Unknown  low 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Minami - Sanriku Kinkazan Quasi National Park 13,902 protected area contains site 140  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Coastline   -

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: South Sanriku coast. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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