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Location Lithuania, Klaipeda
Central coordinates 21o 2.00' East  55o 30.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4ii, A4iii, B1i, B1ii, B2, C2, C3
Area 60,606 ha
Altitude
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Lietuvos Ornitologu Draugija (Affiliate)



Site description An offshore area (extending up to 40 km in length) in the Baltic Sea near the Kuronian spit.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Melanitta fusca winter  1999  80,000 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, B2  Not Recognised 
Melanitta fusca winter  1988  25,000-70,000 individuals  C3  Not Recognised 
Long-tailed Duck Clangula hyemalis winter  1999  68,000 individuals  medium  A4i, B1i  Vulnerable 
Common Merganser Mergus merganser 1988  1,500-3,000 individuals  C3  Least Concern 
Red-throated Loon Gavia stellata winter  1999  800-1,200 individuals  good  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Red-throated Loon Gavia stellata winter  1988  1,500 individuals  C2  Least Concern 
Razorbill Alca torda winter  1995  1,300 individuals  medium  A4ii, B1ii  Least Concern 
Razorbill Alca torda winter  1988  1,000 individuals  C3  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds winter  1999  unknown  A4iii   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Kursiu Nerija National Park 26,394 protected area overlaps with site 12,000  
Kursiu nerija - LTNER0005 Habitats Directive 24,996 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Kursiu nerijos nacionalinis parkas - LTKLAB001 Birds Directive 23,859 protected area is adjacent to site 0  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Sea Open Sea  100%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture major
tourism/recreation 10%
urban/industrial/transport -

Protection status National High International None20,000 ha of IBA covered by National Park (Kuršiø Nerijos, 26,394 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Marine waters along the Curonian Spit. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 17/04/2014

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