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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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  • The Anzali Lagoon was a lovely surprise! Unlike anywhere else I've seen in Iran. Highly recommended if you are in the area.  more »
  • The Lagoon is nice, but the boats that brings you there are real crooks. 20 euros for a quick tour of 10mn in the Lagoon, no time to see much of if... And unfortunatly this is the only option to visit...  more »
  • we arrived to anzali at noon the weather was very hot after lunch we decide to visit Anzali Lagoon i cant believe inside of lagoon was very colder than city i think 6 or 7 degree colder than there is ...  more »

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