Site details

Refugio Nacional de Caza de las Islas Chafarinas
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              Candidate Reference Site

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Synoptic description of site:

Group of three volcanic islands off African coast (2.5 miles). On continental shelf, sill speparating them from African coast about 15 m depth.


Habitat description:

Volcanic islands. In contact zone between Atlantic and Mediterranean waters. Pristine rocky bottoms, Posidonia meadows.


Access by helicopter or by charter boat (about 2 h navigation from Melilla). Good infraestructures for fieldwork: small lab with telephone and access to web, etc. Spanish Army destachment on main island providing food, etc. Visits permitted only for research purposes.