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Type of protected area - Where it is located
Typology: Marine Protected Area; established in 1989.
The Egadi archipelago, formed by the islands of Favignana, Levanzo and Marettino (plus a few islets and rocks), is located in the stretch of sea north-west of Marsala (TP). The Marine Reserve occupies an area of 53,810 hectares and protects the whole archipelago of the Egadi islands, with the exception of the island of Levanzo whose territory included in the reserve is approximately 500 ha.
Marine Reserve Egadi Islands
The seabed is rich in caves and ravines, features that make the Egadi islands a destination frequented by many divers. Most of the submerged area of the archipelago is covered by extensive grasslands of Posidonia oceanica. An infinite number of different species of pelagic and sedentary fish, crustaceans and molluscs, invertebrates and madrepores find their ideal habitat in this corner of the sea. The fauna presents a great variety of birds both sedentary and migratory.
It is divided into four zones (A - B - C - D): Zone A (integral reserve), Zone B (general reserve), Zone C (partial reserve) and Zone D (protection reserve). Each of the areas has access possibilities and limitations in usability from both a sporting and amateur fishing point of view and from a more strictly tourist one.
Cala Dogana in Levanzo - Egadi Islands Marine Reserve (photo APT Trapani)
Information for the visit
The management of the Egadi Islands Marine Reserve is entrusted to the port authority of Trapani Port.