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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

Site description A long, shallow beach c.6 km in length backed by dunes and (close to Qishn village) by cultivated fields and date palm groves. The track to Ras Fartak runs along the ridge of the dunes to the seaward side of which are a few small pools.

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   


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

Land use

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

Other biodiversity Mammals: Sousa chinensis (K; common inshore). Reptiles: Chelonia mydas (E; possible nesting site). The concentration of birds must be a reflection of the richness of the sea for fish.

Acknowledgements Data-sheet compiled by Chris Bradshaw and R. F. Porter.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Qishn beach. Downloaded from on 31/07/2014

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