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Coastal Area 11801 Adjacent waters of Matsushima Bay

Basic Information A separate window opensReferences

Relevant municipalities Shiogama, Miyagino Ward, Shichigahama, Matsushima, Higashi-Matsushima, Rifu, Miyagi Prefecture
Area (km2) 106

Reason(s) for selection A separate window opensCriteria

Selected due to high levels for the criteria 2, 3 and 5, and selected by MARXAN software.

Characteristics A separate window opensReferences

These are the waters in the vicinity of Matsushima Bay. In these waters unfolds a beautiful coastline with an environment formed by a number of small islands. Matsushima Bay is home to deep-bay eel grass, and the tidal mud flats inside the bay are rich in Japanese littleneck clam, oyster and others (Ministry of the Environment, 2001). Oyster reefs also form here. Communities of Elymus mollis and Carex kobomugi, Suaeda maritima, Carex scabrifolia, common reed, Juncaginaceae, and others form at the seashore. Pyropia tenera and others live in the Torinoumi common reed community (Ministry of the Environment, 2001). On the south side of these waters unfold the Kamou tidal mud flats, spreading from the mouth of the Nanakita River. The Kamou tidal mud flats are habitat to ragworm, Nuttallia olivacea, Helice tridens and others, and they are rich in Cerithidea rhizophorarum (northern limit), Assiminea parasitologica, and other saltwater-marsh benthic organisms (Ministry of the Environment, 2001). Brent goose also visit here.

Environment / Habitat infromation A separate window opensData source

Tidal mud flats (km2) 0
Moba (seaweed bed) (km2) 16.9
Coral reef coverage (km2)
Natural coast (km) 126.3
Rate of natural coast (%) 61.2
Sand bank / submerged sand bank
Other habitats Oyster reef

Species information (*) A separate window opensData source

Criteria 1
<Bivalva, Gastropoda>
Cyclina sinensis
Solen strictus
Assiminea parasitologica
Criteria 2
Neophocaena phocaenoides (Fineless porpoise)
Apus pacificus (Pacific Swift)[Br/Ne]
Monticola solitarius (Blue Rock-thrush)[Br/Ne]
Phalacrocorax capillatus (Japanese Cormorant)
Phalacrocorax capillatus (Japanese Cormorant)[Br/Ne]
Larus crassirostris (Black-tailed Gull)
Larus crassirostris (Black-tailed Gull)[Br/Ne]
Larus schistisagus (Slaty-backed Gull)
Larus schistisagus (Slaty-backed 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]
Pandion haliaetus (Osprey)[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)
Histrionicus histrionicus (Harlequin Duck)
Anguilla japonica (Japanese eel)
Gymnogobius macrognathos
Leucopsarion petersii (Ice goby )
Gymnogobius petschiliensis
Cicindela laetescripta
Helice (Helice) tridens
Deiratonotus cristatus
Ilyoplax pusilla
Macrophthalmus japonicus
<Bivalva, Gastropoda>
Batillaria zonalis
Cerithideopsilla djadjariensis
Criteria 7
Macrophthalmus japonicus
<Bivalva, Gastropoda>
Batillaria zonalis
Cerithidea rhizophorarum
<Vascular Plants>
Zostera marina (Eel grass)
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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