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Description

Status

National Park in Montenegro since 1983 (IUCN management II category);
Managed Natural Reserve in Albania since 2005 (Council of Ministers No.684)
Ramsar area (marsh area of international importance) since 1995

Geographic coordinates

19 degrees 03 minutes 19 degrees 30 minutes of east longitude; 42 degrees 03 minutes 42 degrees 21 minutes of north latitude. 420 0418  190 23, 420 0308 190 29™30

National park surface

40.000 ha in Montenegro
26,535 ha in Albania

Lake surface

Summer water level – 370 km2 
Winter water level – 540 km2
Average water level - 475 km2

Surface of the basin area

5.490 km2 (80% in Montenegro, 20% in Albania)

Length of the shore

168 km in total
110.5 km in Montenegro
57.5 km in Albania

Elevation

5m above sea level

Depth

Average depth is 5 -9 m Maximum depth is 60 m (Radus eye)

Volume

1.890, 95 x 106m3

National Park Habitats

Montenegro
22.500 ha – water surface, 7.800 ha – permanently flooded areas, 5.200 ha – periodically flooded areas, 12.500 hills and rocky terrains on the southern coast and rocky islands, 812 ha – ornitological reserves. 
Albania

15,719 ha – water surface, 1,965 ha – forests,  8,851 ha comprising the lake shore, Taraboshi mountain and Shkodra city

Biodiversity

279 bird species, 90% of which are migrating birds Rare/endangered pelican species.
More than 50 fish species (of which 15 are endemic). 
Flora is heterogeneous (depending on type of habitat) with more than 30 types of rare plants.

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