MT0000101 Zona fil-Baħar bejn Rdum Majjiesa u Ghar Lapsi

Name of Site: Żona fil-Baħar bejn Rdum Majjiesa u Għar Lapsi

Site code: MT0000101

Year of designation: 2006/2018 update 

Area [ha]: 1459.6

Annex 1 Protected Habitats:

  • 1110 Sandbanks which are slightly covered by sea water all the time
  • 1120 Posidonia beds (Posidonion oceanicae)
  • 1170 Reefs
  • 8330 Submerged or partially submerged sea caves


 Annex II protected species:

Gibbula nivosa



A rich and diverse biota can be found in the Rdum Majjiesa to Għar Lapsi marine area, complementing its geomorphological characteristics. The site hosts representatives of the main marine habitat types occurring in the Maltese Islands, with the associated biotic assemblages including species and ecosystems of conservation importance. Meadows of the seagrass Posidonia oceanica dominate large areas of the seabed within the 50 metre bathymetric region. Reefs are present along the coasts where sponges, cnidarians, polychaetes, molluscs, crustaceans and echinoderms are observed.