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Location Yemen, 'Adan
Central coordinates 53o 9.45' East  12o 38.20' North
IBA criteria A1, A4ii, B1ii, B2
Area 110 ha
Altitude 0 - 85m
Year of IBA assessment 1994

Summary Surveyed 2004 - 2005.

Key Biodiversity The sea is very rich in fish and cetaceans; also turtles.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Jouanin's Petrel Bulweria fallax non-breeding  1964  common  A1, A4ii, B1ii, B2  Near Threatened 
Sula dactylatra breeding  1964  100 breeding pairs  good  B1ii  Not Recognised 

IBA Monitoring

2013 low not assessed negligible

No known threats no known threats happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low

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

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Socotra Archipelago World Heritage Site 410,460 protected area contains site 110  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Sea   major
Coastline   major

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
other -
Notes: seabirds are taken for food

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Sabuniya and Ka'l Fir'awn. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016

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