Karkinit Bay

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Karkinit Bay
Cape Tarkhankut is the southernmost point of the bay
Location Black Sea
Coordinates 45°48′N 32°37′E / 45.800°N 32.617°E / 45.800; 32.617Coordinates: 45°48′N 32°37′E / 45.800°N 32.617°E / 45.800; 32.617
Ocean/sea sources Atlantic Ocean
Basin countries Ukraine
Max. depth 35 m (115 ft)
Salinity 18 ‰
Settlements Skadovsk, Armyansk, Krasnoperekopsk

Karkinit, Karkinitski,[1] or Karkinitsky Bay (Ukrainian: Каркінітська затока, Karkinits’ka zatoka; Russian: Каркинитский залив, Karkinitskiy zaliv[2]) is a bay of the Black Sea that separates the northwestern Crimean Peninsula from the mainland Ukraine. It was named after the early Greek settlement of Kerkinitis (Κερκινίτης) on the Crimean coast in place of modern Yevpatoria.

The northeastern tip of the Karkinitis Bay, by the Isthmus of Perekop, is known as the Perekop Bay or Gulf of Perekop.

The bay contains the preserve Karkinits'ka Zatoka State Zakaznik.


  1. ^ The Commission on the Protection of the Black Sea against Pollution. "Geography: BSIMAP". 2009. Accessed 18 Mar 2014.
  2. ^ These names are also sometimes translated as the Karkinite or Karkinitian "Gulf" or "Bight".