The Annotated Ramsar List: Antigua and Barbuda

23/06/2005

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The Annotated Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA / ANTIGUA-ET-BARBUDA / ANTIGUA Y BARBUDA

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The Convention on Wetlands came into force for Antigua and Barbuda on 2 October 2005. Antigua and Barbuda presently has 1 site designated as a Wetland of International Importance, with a surface area of 3,600 hectares.

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Codrington Lagoon. 02/06/05. Barbuda; 3,600 ha; 17°39'N 061°51'W. National Park. A relatively well-flushed and healthy ecosystem, comprising mangroves, seagrass beds, algal mats, tidal and mud flats, beaches and coral reefs, supporting a diversity of marine species such as juvenile lobster, reef fish, sea turtles (including endangered Hawksbill and Leatherback turtles), and marine mammals, as well as nesting sea birds. The site includes the entire western and northwestern section of Barbuda near Codrington, the only town on the island. The lagoon is one of the island's greatest economic assets as it supports a thriving lobster fishery and an expanding tourism market that is largely centered on the nesting colony of frigate birds. Sea level rise and salt water intrusion of aquifers are foreseen as potential threats to the ecological character. Ramsar site no. 1488. Most recent RIS information: 2006.

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