- Bahar ic-Caghaq

Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq are a series of interconnected salt pans, located in northern Malta within the Limits of Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq. The site is easily accessible to the public from a nearby surfaced road. The salt pans cover an approximate area of 4,150m2. It is unclear whether the salt pans are still being used for salt production. The site is predominantly surrounded by natural coastal habitat. It is also, however, within close proximity to a water park. The basin of the salt pans was dominated by Limbarda crithmoides.

Wetland data

Basic information
Wetland location: Marine/Coastal
Wetland type: Artificial
Wetland area: 0.40 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: Northern
Island: Malta
Local council: In-Naxxar
Longitude: 14.458830 East
Latitude: 35.939970 North
Biological significance
Biological significance: Neutral
Ramsar wetland type
Type Coverage (%)
5 -- Salt exploitation sites; salt pans, salines, etc.
Property status
Activities on wetland
Activity Intensity
020 = Resource conservation High
340 = Salt works High
690 = Other leisure and tourism impacts Medium
720 = Trampling overuse Medium
920 = Drying out High
Activities on catchment area
Activity Intensity
402 = discontinuous urbanisation Medium
419 = other industrial / commercial areas High
502 = roads motorways High
690 = Other leisure and tourism impacts Medium
Impact Intensity
EB- = Increase in aesthetic qualities High
EE- = Increase of economic potential High
EF- = Increase in protection from natural forces Medium
EO- = Increase potential for natural products Medium
EU- = Increase of tourist/recreation potential High
Vegetation types
Type Coverage (%)
Halophytic < 5
Species Presence status References
Carpobrotus edulis
Jacobaea crithmoides