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Location Ukraine, Odessa
Central coordinates 29o 39.00' East  45o 40.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2
Area 22,800 ha
Altitude 0 - 22m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ukranian Society for the Protection of Birds

Site description A lake near the Danube delta.

Key Biodiversity The total number of breeding waterbirds is 10,000 pairs, while 100,000 individuals stage here on migration.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons passage  1992  20,000 individuals  medium  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Greylag Goose Anser anser non-breeding  1993  3,000 individuals  medium  B1i  Least Concern 
Mute Swan Cygnus olor passage  1992  6,000 individuals  medium  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Common Pochard Aythya ferina passage  1992  18,000 individuals  medium  A4i, B1i  Vulnerable 
Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula passage  1992  12,000 individuals  medium  B1i  Least Concern 
Smew Mergellus albellus passage  1992  3,000 individuals  medium  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Great White Pelican Pelecanus onocrotalus passage  1992  2,000 individuals  medium  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Collared Pratincole Glareola pratincola breeding  1992  60 breeding pairs  medium  B1i, B2  Least Concern 
Larus cachinnans passage  1992  4,000 individuals  medium  B1i  Not Recognised 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds passage  1992  50,000-99,999 individuals  unknown  A4iii   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Sasyk Lake Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 21,000 protected area contains site 22,800  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  10%
Wetlands (inland) Coastal lagoons; Standing brackish and salt water; Water fringe vegetation  80%
Sea Sea inlets and coastal features  10%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture 80%
water management -
urban/industrial/transport -
other -

Protection status National None International High21,000 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Sasyk Lake, 21,000 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Sasyk lake. Downloaded from on 21/10/2016

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