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Location Yemen, Al Mahrah
Central coordinates 51o 46.90' East  15o 27.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2, B3
Area 100 ha
Altitude 0 - 5m
Year of IBA assessment 1994

Summary Not visited since Evans (1994).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Socotra Cormorant Phalacrocorax nigrogularis non-breeding  1993  30,000 individuals  poor  A1, A4i, B1i, B2  Vulnerable 
Sooty Gull Larus hemprichii non-breeding  1993  7,800 individuals  poor  A4i, B1i, B3  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds non-breeding  1993  37,800 individuals  poor  A4iii   

IBA Monitoring

2013 high not assessed negligible

Residential and commercial development commercial and industrial development likely in short term (within 4 years) majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high

Little/none of site covered (<10%)  No management planning has taken place  Not assessed  negligible 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Coastline   major
Sea   minor
Artificial - terrestrial   minor

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture major

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Qishn beach. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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