MAL064 - Il-Mitquba


Il-Mitquba is a series of salt pans along the coast in southern Malta, within Marsaskala. The site is easily accessible to the public from numerous different areas via a nearby surfaced road. The salt pans cover an approximate area of 7,370m2. Most of the salt pans are covered with green algae, indicating that it is likely that they are no longer in use for salt production. The site is predominantly surrounded by a promenade and bungalow residence. No vegetation was present growing within the site and basin, however, a garrigue habitat is located nearby.

Wetland data

Basic information
Wetland location: Marine/Coastal
Wetland type: Artificial
Wetland area: 0.70 Ha
Hydrological interaction: -  
Water salinity: Salty (> 18.0 g/l)
Type of fresh water input: Catchment area (precipitation)
Surface water runoff Other
Open water area (%): 76 - 95
Hydroperiod: Permanent
Geographic information
Census district: South Eastern
Island: Malta
Local council: Marsaskala
Longitude: 14.572280 East
Latitude: 35.863480 North
Biological significance
Biological significance: Low
Ramsar wetland type
Type Coverage (%)
5 -- Salt exploitation sites; salt pans, salines, etc.
Property status
Ecosystem services
Type of ecosystem service Ecosystem service Scale of Βenefit (%) Importance
Cultural services Cultural heritage
Supporting services Provision of habitat
Activities on wetland
Activity Intensity
020 = Resource conservation High
340 = Salt works High
690 = Other leisure and tourism impacts High
710 = Noise nuisance Medium
920 = Drying out High
Activities on catchment area
Activity Intensity
401 = continuous urbanisation High
502 = roads motorways High
690 = Other leisure and tourism impacts High
Impact Intensity
EB- = Increase in aesthetic qualities High
EE- = Increase of economic potential High
EF- = Increase in protection from natural forces High
EO- = Increase potential for natural products Medium
EU- = Increase of tourist/recreation potential High
Vegetation types
Type Coverage (%)
Halophytic < 5