Shorebirds of the Yellow Sea

Importance, threats and conservation status
Mark Barter
Wetlands International, 2002
ISBN 90 5882 009 2

5. Internationally important shorebird sites in the Yellow Sea

5.4 Other potentially important shorebird sites in the Yellow Sea

A number of sites in China and North Korea that have not yet been surveyed are listed in Scott (1989). Brief details are provided below.

CHINA

1. Shore of Rizhao County, Shandong Province (35º 20' N, 119º 30' E).

Area: 22 300 ha.

Site description: Approximately 70 km of coast including several small estuaries, coastal salt marshes, saltpans and extensive intertidal flats.

2. Dagu He Estuary and Jiaozhou Bay, Shandong Province (36º 10' N, 120º 10' E).

Area: c. 50 000 ha.

Site description: Estuarine marshes of the Dagu He and extensive intertidal flats of Jiaozhou Bay.

3. Wulong He Estuary and Zhaohushan Marshes, Shandong Province (36º 35' N, 121º 00' E).

Area: c. 35 000 ha.

Site description: Estuary of the Wulong He, with riverine marshes, coastal salt marshes, intertidal flats and many saltpans, as well as several small estuaries and areas of intertidal flats in adjacent sea bays.

4. Huanglei He and Rushan He estuaries, Shandong Province (36º 48' N, 121º 30' E).

Area: c. 15 000 ha.

Site description: Two small estuaries uniting in a shallow sea bay with extensive intertidal flats.

5. Muzhu He Estuary and Chashan Bay, Shandong Province (37º 00' N, 122º 00' E).

Area: c. 10 000 ha.

Site description: Estuary of the Muzhu He, with riverine marshes, coastal salt marshes, intertidal flats and many saltpans, and Chashan Bay with extensive intertidal flats.

6. Zhuduoshan and Rongcheng Coast, Shandong Province (37º 20' N, 122º 30' E).

Area: 3 500 ha.

Site description: Several small bays with intertidal flats.

7. Fushan, Zhifu, Jia He and Weide Shan, Shandong Province (37º 30' N, 121º 29' E).

Area: Unknown.

Site description: Several small estuaries along 60 km of the n. coast of the Shandong Peninsula.

8. Laizhou Bay, Weifang County, Shandong Province (37º 09' N, 119º 25' E).

Area: 130 000 ha.

Site description: Saltpans, fish and shrimp ponds, and intertidal flats on the south shore of Laizhou Bay.

9. Nanda Gang Marshes, Hebei Province (38º 30' N, 117º 30' E).

Area: 10 200 ha.

Site description: Intertidal mudflats, salt marshes, fish ponds and saltpans.

10. Nanbao Marshes, Hebei Province (39º 06' N, 118º 18' E).

Area: 32 400 ha.

Site description: Salt marshes and intertidal flats, with adjacent very large area of saltpans.

11. Luan Hekou Marshes, Hebei Province (39º 22' N, 119º 15' E).

Area: 8 000 ha.

Site description: Intertidal flats, salt marshes and saltpans in Luan He Delta.

12. Beidai He, Hebei province (39º 49' N, 119º 30' E).

Area: 7 000 ha.

Site description: Complex of small coastal wetlands, including estuaries of the Heng He, Tai He and Yang He.

13. Laotie Shan, Liaoning Province (38º 55' N, 121º 06' E).

Area: 17 000 ha.

Site description: Intertidal flats.

14. Zhuang He Coast, Liaoning Province (39º 30' N, 122º 42' E).

Area: 22 070 ha.

Site description: Several small estuaries, extensive intertidal flats and some saltpans.

NORTH KOREA

1. Chongchon-Gang Estuary, South Pyongan Province (39º 43' N, 125º 24' E).

Area: c.30 000 ha. N.B. The Mundok Migratory Bird Wetland Reserve is located within the estuary.

Site description: Extensive estuarine marshes and intertidal mudflats, large areas of rice paddies and a marshy low-lying island.

2. Taedong Estuary and Taesong-Ho, South Pyongyan and South Hwanghae Provinces (38º 40'-39º 00' N, 125º 05'-125º 30' E).

Area: c.70 000 ha.

Site description: Extensive fresh to saline marshes, salt pans and intertidal mudflats in the estuary, and shallow freshwater lakes, associated marshes and large areas of rice paddies on the adjacent coastal plain.

3. Wetlands of South Hwanghae and Kaesong, South Hwanghae Province (37º 45'-38º 15' N, 125º 00-126º 30' E).

Area: Unknown.

Site description: A vast area of marshy plains and numerous estuaries and bays with extensive intertidal mudflats. Many small lakes and reservoirs, and large areas of reed beds and rice paddies.