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Offshore Seafloor 326 Yamato Bank

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Area (km2) 14652
Maximum water depth (m) 3039

Reason(s) for selection A separate window opensCriteria

Selected due to high levels for criteria 1 and 4, and based on expert opinion of high productivity of Yamato Bank. Selected by MARXAN software.

Characteristics A separate window opensReferences

These waters include the Yamato Bank and the seamounts scattered in the deep waters in the southern Yamato Bank.
The Yamato Bank is an underwater mountain range located in the central Sea of Japan, 236 m deep at its shallowest. In addition to its location on the boundary between a cold-water mass and a warm-water zone, it also is one of the best fishing grounds in the Sea of Japan (Sakurai, personal communication). As a result of its high level of productivity at the surface layer, its sea floor also is characterized by high levels of productivity and biodiversity due to the organic sediment from the surface layer.

Environment / Habitat information A separate window opensData source

Yamato Bank, Seamount

Species information (*) A separate window opensData source

Criteria 1
<Other invertebrate>
Edwardsia octoradiata
Criteria 4
Eleutherobia rigida

* 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.


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