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Coastal Area 11802 Adjacent waters of Natori and the Abukuma River mouths

Basic Information A separate window opensReferences

Relevant municipalities Iwanuma, Yamamoto, Wakabayashi Ward, Natori, Watari, Miyagi Prefecture
Area (km2) 51

Reason(s) for selection A separate window opensCriteria

Selected due to high levels for the criteria 2, 3, 4 and 7, and selected by MARXAN software.

Characteristics A separate window opensReferences

These are the waters in the vicinity of the mouths of the Natori River and the Abukuma River. They make up the mouth zone of these two rivers. In Hiroura (on the south side of the Natori River) are collections of tidal mud flats and beds of common reed, well suited as habitat for benthic organisms. This is an important habitat for many-formed cerith. Torinoumi (on the south side of the (Abukuma River) is habitat to Batillaria attramentaria, many-formed cerith, Nuttallia olivacea, ragworm, Japanese littleneck clams, and others. In addition, the Idoura Lagoon in the area of the mouth of the Natori River (on the north side of the river mouth) is an important habitat for paddle-footed annelids and crabs (Ministry of the Environment, 2001).

Environment / Habitat infromation A separate window opensData source

Tidal mud flats (km2) 0.5
Moba (seaweed bed) (km2) 0.047
Coral reef coverage (km2)
Natural coast (km) 8.1
Rate of natural coast (%) 23.7
Sand bank / submerged sand bank
Other habitats

Species information (*) A separate window opensData source

Criteria 1
Callorthinus ursinus (Northern Fur Seal)
<Bivalva, Gastropoda>
Cyclina sinensis
Meretrix lusoria
Assiminea parasitologica
Corbicula japonica
Criteria 2
Neophocaena phocaenoides (Fineless porpoise)
Sterna hirundo (Common Tern)
Sterna hirundo (Common Tern)[Br/Ne]
Larus crassirostris (Black-tailed Gull)
Larus crassirostris (Black-tailed Gull)[Br/Ne]
Sterna albifrons (Little Tern)
Sterna albifrons (Little Tern)[Br/Ne]
Charadrius dubius (Little Ringed Plover)[Br/Ne]
Charadrius alexandrinus (Kentish Plover)[Br/Ne]
Larus argentatus (European Herring Gull)
Falco peregrinus (Peregrine Falcon)[Br/Ne]
Larus ridibundus (Black-headed Gull)
Ammodytes personatus (Japanese sand lance)[Sp]
Pleuronectes yokohamae (Marbled flounder)[Sp]
Gadus macrocephalus (Pacific cod)[Sp]
Tanakius kitaharae (Willowy flounder)[Sp]
Criteria 3
Sterna albifrons (Little Tern)
Anguilla japonica (Japanese eel)
Gymnogobius macrognathos
Lethenteron japonicum (Japanese lamprey)
Cicindela laetescripta
Chiromantes haematocheir
Helice (Helice) tridens
Deiratonotus cristatus
Ilyoplax pusilla
Macrophthalmus japonicus
<Bivalva, Gastropoda>
Meretrix lusoria
Criteria 7
Lethenteron japonicum (Japanese lamprey)
Luciogobius guttatus (Flat-headed goby)
Gastersosteus aculeatus aculeatus (Three-spined stickleback)
Macrophthalmus japonicus
<Bivalva, Gastropoda>
Meretrix lusoria
Cerithidea rhizophorarum
<Vascular Plants>
Carex rugulosa
Triglochin maritimum

* This is the species list of which meet the criteria. In that matter, this list does not include all species that inhabit the individual area.
Abbreviation in the information is as follows.
[Br/Ne] : Adjacent water of breeding area or nesting site
[Sp] : spawning area
[Ad] : species not used for analysis but add to the list because inhabit information was collected later
[Ex] : species used for analysis but considered to be possibly extinct in the EBSA region (area)
No mark : data of species distribution


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