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Coastal Area 14806 Adjacent waters of Nago Bay

Basic Information A separate window opensReferences

Relevant municipalities Motobu, Nago, Okinawa Prefecture
Area (km2) 50

Reason(s) for selection A separate window opensCriteria

Selected by experts as a community of unique fish species

Characteristics A separate window opensReferences

These are the waters in the vicinity of Nago Bay on Okinawajima Island. In Nago Bay a soft bottom environment has developed from the sandy sea floor to the soft muddy floor, where diverse unique fish populations centered on gobies are being identified in recent years through research using submersibles and collecting information from photographs taken by leisure divers (Suzuki et al., 1996; Suzuki et al., 1999; Suzuki et al., 2011). The endangered species, dugong also has been confirmed in Nago Bay, albeit in only a few cases (Ministry of the Environment, 2006).

Environment / Habitat infromation A separate window opensData source

Tidal mud flats (km2)
Moba (seaweed bed) (km2)
Coral reef coverage (km2) 2.9
Natural coast (km) 8
Rate of natural coast (%) 32.9
Sand bank / submerged sand bank
Other habitats

Species information (*) A separate window opensData source

Criteria 2
Megaptera novaeangliae (Humpback whale)
Monticola solitarius (Blue Rock-thrush)[Br/Ne]
Egretta sacra (Pacific Reef-egret)[Br/Ne]
Criteria 3
Rhincodon typus

* 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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