Seabed of Capo San Marco - Sciacca (ITA040012)
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Seabed of Capo San Marco - Sciacca (ITA040012)

Site type: SAC - Special Conservation Area

Code: ITA040012 - Hectares: 18330


Other Site Characteristics
Between Porto Palo and Capo San Marco the coast is characterized by a wide, gently sloping esplanade consisting of a mantle of coastal or sub-coastal sediments,
mainly calcarenites, which lie in transgression on the deep Pliocene and pre-Pliocene substratum.
rugged. The clayey escarpment rapidly plummets beyond -20 m depth. About 700 meters from the shore in the SE direction the extension of the formation of
Capo San Marco gives rise to the "Secca di Capo S. Marco" of very wide extension, with a minimum depth of 9 meters. About 1.500 meters further out, in
SW direction, a new rocky relief rises up to a depth of -28 meters, separated from the first shoal by a narrow muddy gully between 35 and
40 meters deep, plowed by the most expert paranze. The promontory of Capo San Marco slopes more gently towards the east and the coast is surrounded by
some rocks that enclose a shallow with pronounced lagoon characteristics, with the formation of "recif-barriers" emerging of Posidonia oceanica, mixed
to a "pelouse" of Cymodocea nodosa, more extended towards the shore.
4.2Quality and importance
The entire area is of considerable importance, both from a landscape and biological-environmental point of view, due to the presence of vast Posidonia meadows.
oceanica, an important nursery area for fish species and the "outcropping" recif-barriers that this creates in the more superficial areas, resulting in a shallow
stand out with lagoon features.


Source: Ministry of the Environment Natura 2000 form

Ministerial data: Ministerial Map  Natura 2000 form

Card insertion: Ignazio Caloggero

Photo: web

Information contributions: Ignazio Caloggero, Region of Sicily

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