Sites - Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs)
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South Sanriku coast
141o 35.00' East 38o 49.00' North
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Year of IBA assessment
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.