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The Pomeranian Bay Protected Area with Odra Bank – Area III

The 1,101 km² encompassing Area III lies north of the Odra Estuary and east of the Greifswalder Bodden in the Pomeranian Bay. It completely encompasses the German part of Odra Bank, an area of around 480 km². Odra Bank, the central morphological structure of the Pomeranian Bay, is presumed to be a dune complex that was flooded by rising sea levels after the last Ice Age. Odra Bank is almost homogenously covered with bright fine sands that are in some places enriched with a high portion of shell-gravel. In the German Baltic Sea, this nearly macrophyte-free sandbank takes up an exceptional ecological and geological position due to its size and characteristics. It is a singular feature of the German Baltic Sea region and an outstanding, representative and typical example of habitat type "sandbanks which are slightly covered by sea water all the time".

Facts Pomeranian Bay with Odra Bank (HD site) – Area III of the complex area

Fact sheet

HD site
Pomeranian Bay with Odra Bank
EU Code: DE 1652-301


Habitat types


approx. 480 km²


Harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena)



Twait shad (Alosa fallax)

Feeding and wintering habitat


Baltic sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus)

Feeding habitat

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