Coastal marsh area characterized by highly specialized halophytic vegetation which is useful as a resting place for migratory birdlife. Despite significant human influence, this area still show numerous examples of halophilic associations, both submerged and amphibious, some of which hold naturalistic interest. This coastal marsh environment, which until the 1980s was largely used as a salt pan and now it is used as resting site for many migratory species, is ecologically and structurally significant within the system of wetlands in southeastern Sicily. It plays a crucial role in this network. Its conservation is closely linked to the integrity of the entire system, within which frequent and documented faunal exchanges take place. Moreover, it preserves a significant portion of the richest invertebrate fauna that characterizes Vendicari.