MAL083 - Xrobb l-Ghagin


Xrobb l-Għaġin are a series of salt pans, located in southern Malta, within Xrobb l-Għaġin peninsula in Marsaxlokk. The site is not accessible to the public as it is completely surrounded by a concrete wall and is located on privately-owned land. The salt pans cover an approximate area of 21,310m2. The salt pans are still in use for large-scale salt harvesting. The site is surrounded by unsurfaced roads and multiple abandoned buildings. No vegetation was present growing within and around the site. Due to the cliffs in the surrounding area, the salt pans are within an area classified as an Area of Ecological Importance under G.N. 400/96. The site lies within a No Trapping Zone under S.L. 504.1.

Wetland data

Basic information
Wetland location: Marine/Coastal
Wetland type: Artificial
Wetland area: 2.10 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: Marsaxlokk
Longitude: 14.571160 East
Latitude: 35.840370 North
Biological significance
Biological significance: Low
Ramsar wetland type
Type Coverage (%)
5 -- Salt exploitation sites; salt pans, salines, etc.
Property status
Protection statuses
Protection status category Protection status subcategory Area's name Code Coverage area (%) Legislation
National Area of Ecological Importance Irdumijiet Ta' Madwar il-Kosta mid-Dahla ta' San Tumas sas-Sarc 14784 100 Development Planning Act (Act VII of 2016)
National Area of High Landscape Value Diversi Rdumijiet 555546316 100 Development Planning Act (Act VII of 2016)
CDDA protection status
CDDA code CDDA category
MT01 Area of Ecological Importance
MT15 Area of High Landscape Value
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 Low
800 = Landfill land reclamation and drying out High
920 = Drying out High
Activities on catchment area
Activity Intensity
501 = paths tracks cycling tracks Medium
Impact Intensity
EB- = Increase in aesthetic qualities High
EE- = Increase of economic potential High
EF- = Increase in protection from natural forces Low
EO- = Increase potential for natural products High
EU- = Increase of tourist/recreation potential High