Lake Akkeshi

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Coordinates: 43°03′N 144°54′E / 43.050°N 144.900°E / 43.050; 144.900

Lake Akkeshi

Akkeshi-ko (厚岸湖?) is a brackish lake near Akkeshi in Hokkaidō, Japan. The wetlands of Lake Akkeshi and Bekanbeushi Marsh (別寒辺牛湿原?) have been designated a Ramsar Site.

Wetlands[edit]

Lake Akkeshi, 11m deep at its deepest point, is fed by the Bekanbeushi River (別寒辺牛川?) and adjoins Akkeshi Bay. It is surrounded by salt marsh, fens, and bogs.[1][2]

Birds[edit]

Since the lake does not freeze, Whooper swans and ducks winter there. The White-tailed Eagle and Steller's Sea Eagle also visit.[3] There is a 381ha Japanese Crane sanctuary.[4]

Sustainable use[edit]

Fishing and the aquaculture of oysters and clams occur in the lake.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Annotated Ramsar List: Japan". Ramsar. Retrieved 23 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "Information Sheet on Ramsar Wetlands". Wetlands International. Retrieved 23 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "Japan's Environment at a Glance: Ramsar Sites". Ministry of the Environment. Retrieved 23 March 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Akkeshi-ko and Bekambeushi-shitsugen". Ministry of the Environment. Retrieved 24 March 2011. 

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