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Marine Protected Areas

Cinque Terre Marine Protected Areas

The crystal clear waters of the Cinque Terre was made a Marine Protected Area in 1997. The presence of animals and vegetation is rich and varied. The seabed is made up from its unique rock formations which is home to a diverse range of colourful coral, yellow, red, bordeaux , orange, red and white. Funicella, a very rare white coral as well as the rare black coral.
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The Cinque Terre Marine Protected Area is divided in three zones:

The zone A, Punta Mesco, bordered by marker buoys, is the area of greatest natural wealth where particularly restrictive regulations have been set up to protect the rocky sea bed characterised by colonies of the sea-fan gorgonia (Paramuricea clavata) and to guarantee the possibility to re-establish species which have become rare due to human disturbance.

In this zone diving, mooring and anchoring, access to motor-driven crafts, fishing and not authorized bathing activities are forbidden.

The B zone covers two areas. The first represents a protec strip of zone A and also extends to include the meadow of Poseidonia oceanica located to the west of Monterosso, the most important along the whole Cinque Terre Coast . The second one , bordered by marker buoys, surrounds the Capo di Monte Negro, whose depths, along with Punta Mesco, boast one of the richest and most interesting biological populations of our sea, the coralligenous.

In the B zone mooring, professional and underwater fishing are forbidden.

The C zone includes and links the two most distant headlands and allows both the observation and proof a wide area characterized by alternating rocky and sandy bottoms. The interesting vaiety of submersed environments, toghether with the naturl beauty of the landscape, makes the zone in question one of the most remarkable environments in Italy.


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Cetacean's Sanctuary:

But there is another presence which makes the Cinque Terre so unique: whales and dolphins.

This is the reason why this part of the Ligurian sea was made a Cetacean Sanctuary, an internationally recognised marine protected area.









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