Anzali Lagoon, Bandar-e Anzali

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Anzali Lagoon is a coastal liman, or lagoon, in the Caspian Sea near Bandar-e Anzali, in the northern Iranian province of Gilan. The lagoon divides Bandar-e Anzali into two parts, and is home to both the Selke Wildlife Refuge and the Siahkesheem Marsh.Although the lagoon suffers from pollution, it is known as a good place for bird watching. The lagoon's water ranges from fresh near the tributary streams to brackish near the mouth into the harbor and the sea. Studies indicate that in the 19th and early 20th Centuries that the lagoon had a much higher salinity.The lagoon has decreased in size since the 1930s to less than a quarter of its former extent. However, in the last ten years water salinity has increased both by the rise of the level of the Caspian Sea which has caused greater interchange of waters, and due to greater salt transport in incoming "fresh" water due to increased upstream irrigation.The lagoon has been listed in Ramsar Conventiondated 21 December 1975.FisheryPrior to 1950 the Anzali Lagoon provided about 70% of the commercial fish taken in Gilan Province, with catches of over 5,000 tons annually. Commercial fishing was done during the spring and autumn spawning cycles when the kutum, pike-perch and bream, would enter the lagoon from the Caspian. However, a number of factors acted against the continuation of the fishery and by the time commercial fishing ceased in 1960 annual catches were less than 100 tons.
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  • We are jet boat about 1 h by the channels. What have we seen? A Heron, a few fishermen, the Marsh with a few cows in the background, and much much garbage, everywhere: In water, where the anglers and there where the primitive weekend (there are some a few professional fishermen still, who live here). It's depressing! Nothing on this Lagoon is pristine, beautiful nature, nothing is lovely and admirable, everything is dirt and mud. The one bright spot in our boat ride (which, after all, cost €80) was the tour through the port, past the naval vessels and under the bridge approximately 1938 built by Germans. On the occasion, we have admired also the white Shuttle, that shows up as a passenger ship on the way to Baku in the guidebooks. It no longer runs for 5 years.
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  • It's good for who wish to visit of local birds and environment, enjoy of boat and visiting around of lagoon  more »
  • It's a very nice place, but I heard that it was nicer a month ago when lotus are flowered. There are a few interesting types of birds.  more »

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