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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 designated a Ramsar site.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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  • Anzali lagoon is one of the most famous lagoons in the world.I went there in March and this time was not good to see water lilies.  more »
  • Anzali lagoon is a very nice attraction. You can rent a boat and have a visit. There are lotus flowers everywhere which makes a nice view.  more »
  • The Anzali lagoon is one of the most popular attraction in Iran and it could be better that you visit it when immigrant birds are coming and they create a wonderful view.  more »