|Central coordinates||14o 41.00' West 25o 35.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A4i|
|Altitude||0 - 50m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Site description The site comprises a 6-km stretch of sandy coastline with low dunes, located approximately 50 km south of Boujdour in the Moroccan Sahara. The sand and dunes have accreted at the foot of 100-m-high rocky cliffs—which for many kilometres in either direction constitute the normal coastline—to form a barely perceptible point. These cliffs mark the inland boundary of the site, which is around 1 km wide at most. The site is accessible by two tracks descending the cliffs, and is frequented by rod-and-line subsistence fishermen who have constructed several camps. The dunes support sparse, salt-tolerant tussock vegetation.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Audouin's Gull Larus audouinii||winter||-||5,500 individuals||-||A1, A4i||Near Threatened|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.
References Beaubrun (1983), BCEOM-SECA (1995c), Qninba et al. (1997).
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Pointe d'Awfist. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 26/10/2014
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