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Location Kuwait, Al Jahrah
Central coordinates 47o 47.00' East  29o 23.00' North
IBA criteria B3
Area 1,660 ha
Altitude 0 - 5m
Year of IBA assessment 1994

Kuwait Environment Protection Society (Affiliate)



Site description A shallow, relatively well-sheltered bay, part of the larger Kuwait Bay system, with extensive intertidal mudflats (c.890 ha). The site is important for economically valuable shrimp nurseries, and supports both recreational and traditional fishing with fixed traps (hadra). A close season operates for shrimp catching.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Crab-plover Dromas ardeola winter  1988  33-280 individuals  good  B3  Least Concern 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Coastline Intertidal marshes; Intertidal mud, sand & salt flats; Shallow marine waters; Subtidal aquatic beds  100%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture major
Notes: Fisheries/aquaculture
tourism/recreation major
Notes: Recreation

Other biodiversity Invertebrates: the crab Cleistostoma kuwaitense (endemic).

Acknowledgements Data-sheet compiled by Prof. C. W. T. Pilcher.

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