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Il-Majjiesa/Ras ir-Raħeb area

This Marine Natura 2000 site, which is sited along the coast of Mġarr, is rich in flora and fauna complementing its geo-morphological (the study of evolution and configuration of landforms) characteristics. This protected area which stretches between Rdum Majjiesa and Ras ir-Raħeb hosts representatives of the main marine habitat types occurring in the Maltese islands with many species and ecosystems of conservation importance.

Meadows of the seagrass, Posidonia oceanica, dominate the seabed. Such meadows support a large variety of organisms for conservation interest such as the noble pen shell, Pinna noibils, and other species of economic importance such as Octopus vulgaris and some fish species.

The extensive sandbanks found in inlets along the coast and beyond the seagrass meadows of the site, support diverse aquatic animals that live on the bottom substratum that leave their traces by the numerous burrows on the sand surface. This Natura 2000 site will be subject to the preparation of a management plan and/or legislation in the near future, as part of an EU-funded project that Mepa is undertaking for the management planning all the terrestrial Natura 2000 sites of the Maltese islands.

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