Site details

PARC NATURAL DE LES SALINES D’EIVISSA I FORMENTERA BALEARIC ISL
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Conservation
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5 stars - Fully protected as a national park or Natura 2000 site by national legislation
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Eivissa-Formentera Sound. Photo: J Mayol

Synoptic description of site:

Natural Reserve embracing 9012 ha of marine area and number of islets of different sizes.

Extensive description of site:

The site corresponds to the sandy shallow banks and associated islets situated between Eivissa and Formentera. This area includes the best preserved and extensive barrier reefs of the seagrass Posidonia oceanica in the Mediterranean.

Habitats present:
 MudSandRock
Littoral XX
SublittoralXXX
Seagrass bedsX

Description of fauna and flora:

The fauna and flora is exceptional, with a high diversity of benthic communities. Up to 353 species of Metazoans, 140 Seaweeds and 3 Seagrasses have been reported from the site thus far.

Human impact:

The area is free of pollution (no industry, rivers or human conurbations nearby). Nevertheless, excessive yacht anchoring may represent a threat for the preservation of the Posidonia seagrass beds.

Facilities:

There are two boats available for marine biodiversity research on request from the Balearic Government Fisheries Office.

Available database and website:

The species inventory is very comprehensive, but the information appears scattered over specialised journals. Thus far there is no institutional web-page concerning the site.

Commitment and ongoing research:

The Universities of the Balearic Islands and Barcelona, as well as several research teams of the Spanish Scientific Research Council (IMEDEA, CEAB) carry out biodiversity research at the site. This research focuses mainly the ecology of seagrasses and on the effects of marine reserves on the fish populations.

Involvements:
Additional Information:

www.mma.es/docs/conservnat/parn/centrosasociados/sesalines.html