|Location||Algeria, El Tarf|
|Central coordinates||7o 28.00' East 36o 45.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A4i, A4iii|
|Altitude||0 - 5m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Site description The site lies about 25 km south-west of Annaba and consists of a shallow, seasonally flooded depression in the flood-plain of the Oued Seybouse. In the nineteenth century there was a large freshwater lake on the site, regarded as ‘one of the great freshwater lakes of the Maghreb’ and the site with the richest concentrations of breeding waterbirds of any in Algeria. It was the key site in Algeria for Marmaronetta angustirostris which was ‘breeding in countless numbers’. The lake was drained in 1937 and its ornithological value declined dramatically. In the late 1970s, the site was dry for much of the year (May 1976 and January 1978), but in the early 1980s, an annual closure of the sluice on the outflow channel was instituted to retain winter floods. The water is released slowly down-stream to permit springtime irrigation and the slow fall in the lake levels also produces good spring and summer grazing on the lake shore. As a result, the lake now frequently holds water in the winter and beds of Scirpus maritimus, S. lacustris and Eleocharis sp. have developed in the depression, with patches of Juncus sp. The site is heavily grazed when not inundated and is surrounded by arable land. There is some hunting.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Greylag Goose Anser anser||winter||1994||13,400 individuals||-||A4i||Least Concern|
|Gadwall Mareca strepera||winter||1998||13,800 individuals||-||A4i||Least Concern|
|Eurasian Wigeon Mareca penelope||winter||1986||25,000 individuals||-||A4i||Least Concern|
|Northern Shoveler Spatula clypeata||winter||1984||7,000 individuals||-||A4i||Least Concern|
|A4iii Species group - waterbirds||winter||1984-1998||50,000-99,999 individuals||unknown||A4iii|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.
References Chalabi et al. (1985), Chown and Linsley (1994), Green (1993) (and references therein: Phillips 1923), Heredia et al. (1996), Scott (1980), Stevenson et al. (1988), van Dijk and Ledant (1983).
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