Larvotto Marine Reserve is a coastal reserve in front of the beaches. It has a diverse wildlife with hundreds of plants and water animals. It is a perfect spot for people who love underwater adventures where you can see hundreds of fish species and critters. Larvotto Marine Reserve has a wide area of fifty hectares, established in the year 1976. It is originally built for maintaining a natural habit but soon became a tourist destination. Tourists enjoy activities like swimming, diving, snorkeling, picture taking and sightseeing in Larvotto Marine Reserve.
Reserve underwater Larvotto is regulated by the Sovereign Order of 2 July 1908 amended by the Ordinance of 25 April 1978. Reserve underwater Larvotto is intended for conservation and valuation of seagrass Posidonia. The limits of this reserve will be the eastern border between Monaco and France to the foot of the Grimaldi forum.
It covers an area between the shore and about 600 meters offshore. An area of 30.05 ha (above ground full and dykes), its area is 2800 m and its maximum width is approximately 870 m. The area is part of the public maritime domain. It is managed by the State coordination with the Monegasque Association for the Protection of Nature and Protection is provided by the Maritime Police.
The seabed essentially consist of a dense seagrass Posidonia (from -5m To -25m), subject to regular monitoring:
- The first permanent marks on the lower limit were asked in 1977.
- biocenosis mapping was carried out in 2002 (mapping upper limit, Distribution and positioning of bars and rocky artificial reefs)
- A complete markup entire lower limit was made during 2004, with the installation of permanent marks 48 showing good stability this limit, during the last 25 years.
Upstream of this herbarium, composed of coarse sand funds over the first five meters downstream a sandy-muddy bottom is encountered, containing few rocks deep. This marine reserve contains several Thalamae and alveolar reefs the last of which was laid during 2004.
These structures in particular are home to many large sponges, several gorgonians and some species of red coral colonies. Depths range from 0 to 39 m, with an average of 19.8 m. The mainstream is the Ligure current from the Gulf of Genoa to the East.
All fishing activities, including underwater fishing is prohibited in this zoned. Are also prohibited any facts likely to affect the wildlife, flora and seabed, as well as the evolution of ships or boats propeller, engine and the mooring anchors or grippers.
Article O. 244-9 .- (Created by Ordinance No. 3131 of February 14, 2011)
All fishing, regardless of gender, is prohibited in the following marine protected areas: 1 Larvotto marine reserve, delimited to the east by the boundary of territorial waters and to the west by the handle of the Larvotto beach as marked by cylindrical buoys yellow and bounded by the following geographical coordinates:
* 7 ° 25 ', 99 E and 43 ° 44' 67 N
* 7 ° 26 ', 00 E and 43 ° 44', 66 N
* 7 ° 26 ', 10 E and 43 ° 44' 54 N
* 7 ° 26 ', 48 E and 43 ° 44', 66 N
* 7 ° 26 ', 60 E and 43 ° 44' 81 N
* 7 ° 26 ', 35 E and 43 ° 44' 94 N
Contacts & Resources
Original data record from World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) via ProtectedPlanet.net [view record on site].