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Coastal Area 11803 Shallows of Sendai Bay

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Relevant municipalities
Area (km2) 886

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Selected by experts as an important spawning grounds for various fish species

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These are the shallow waters of Sendai Bay. The waters in Sendai Bay at depths of 30-50 m are important waters used as spawning grounds by various fish. Spawning grounds of the spotted plaice are in the waters 100-150 m deep centered on Sendai Bay but extending to Fukushima Prefecture, while those of the Pacific cod are in the sand and mud of the waters of Sendai Bay 10 m in depth (Sakurai & Hattori, 1996), those of the marbled sole are in the waters 30-50 m deep, those of the Japanese sand lance in the gravelly waters 30-50 m deep from Soso to Sendai Bay, those of the bastard halibut mainly in gravelly waters up to 50 m deep, those of Kareius bicoloratus in waters 30-50 m deep, and those of Oratosquilla oratoria in waters up to 20 m deep (Japan Association for Promotion of a Prosperous Sea (Zenkoku Yutakana umidukuri kyougikai (NAPPS), 2008; Miyagi Prefecture, 2008; Awata, 2013; Miyagi Prefecture Fisheries Technology Institute, 2013).

Environment / Habitat infromation A separate window opensData source

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

Species information (*) A separate window opensData source

Criteria 2
Neophocaena phocaenoides (Fineless porpoise)
Ammodytes personatus (Japanese sand lance)[Sp]
Pleuronectes yokohamae (Marbled flounder)[Sp]
Gadus macrocephalus (Pacific cod)[Sp]
Tanakius kitaharae (Willowy flounder)[Sp]

* 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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