|Location||Kuwait, Al Kuwayt|
|Central coordinates||47o 51.00' East 29o 21.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A4i, B1i, B3|
|Altitude||0 - 5m|
|Year of IBA assessment||1994|
Site description A shallow, relatively well-sheltered bay, part of the larger Kuwait Bay system, with extensive intertidal mudflats (c.2,250 ha); reportedly the most productive shore in Kuwait, and an economically valuable shrimp nursery. Traditional fishing by fixed traps ('hadra') and recreational fishing occur; the hadra (on the intertidal flats) appear to be in poor repair, and may have been abandoned because of Iraqi mine-laying in the area.
Key Biodiversity See box for key species. The site is important for coastal waterfowl during winter and on passage, especially Ardea cinerea (90, January) and Recurvirostra avosetta (95, January). It is fairly well watched by local standards, and at least 70 bird species have been recorded.
Non-bird biodiversity: Invertebrates: the crab Cleistostoma kuwaitense (endemic).
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Crab-plover Dromas ardeola||winter||1988-1990||112-320 individuals||medium||B3||Least Concern|
|Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata||winter||1988-1990||212-360 individuals||medium||B1i||Near Threatened|
|Slender-billed Gull Larus genei||winter||1988-1990||950-1,500 individuals||medium||A4i, B1i||Least Concern|
|2013||low||not assessed||not assessed|
|Over-exploitation, persecution and control of species||hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - unintentional effects (species is not the target)||happening now||small area/few individuals (<10%)||slow but significant deterioration||low|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Coastline||Intertidal marshes; Intertidal mud, sand & salt flats; Shallow marine waters; Subtidal aquatic beds||major|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Acknowledgements Data-sheet compiled by Prof. C. W. T. Pilcher.
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