Sites - Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs)
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28o 35.00' East 40o 10.00' North
A1, A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2, B3
Year of IBA assessment
Doga Dernegi (Partner Designate)
Site description A large, shallow (max. depth 6 m), nutrient-rich freshwater lake on the south side of the Sea of Marmara. The lake is fed principally by the Mustafakemalpaþa river and contains four islands. Silt deposition has formed an inland delta largely under agriculture; the western and southern shores of the lake support vast reedbeds (Phragmites). Fisheries are the main economic activity; lake water is used for irrigation.
Key Biodiversity This site is important for both breeding and wintering waterbirds. Up to 429,500 waterbirds were present in winter 1996, representing the highest count at any Turkish site since 1970.