Salines de Montjoly

Salines de Montjoly
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
Observation pontoon
Map showing the location of Salines de Montjoly
Map showing the location of Salines de Montjoly
LocationFrench Guiana, France
Nearest cityRemire-Montjoly
Coordinates4°55′25″N 52°16′29″W / 4.92367°N 52.27478°W / 4.92367; -52.27478
Area0.64 km2 (0.25 sq mi)[a]
Established14 February 1985[1]
Governing bodyConservatoire du littoral

Salines de Montjoly is a former saltworks and protected area in the commune of Remire-Montjoly in French Guiana, France. It is located in the urban area on the Atlantic Ocean, and contains a multitude of biomes. The beach is used by sea turtles for nesting,[4] the dune ridge contains desert vegetation,[3] the wetlands are a refuge for migratory birds, and it contains the only publicly accessible mangrove forest of French Guiana.[4]


Salines de Montjoly was in use as a salt evaporation pond, a shallow area where the water of the Atlantic Ocean evaporates leaving salt to be harvested.[4] It is a natural pond, and not a man-made salt works.[3]

The beach is 1,200 metres long[5] and is used by three species of sea turtles for nesting: the leatherback sea turtle, the olive ridley sea turtle and the green sea turtle. The presence of a fresh water wetland behind the beach is rare, and attracts migratory birds which include muscovy ducks and blue-winged teals. The area is also home to amphibians and reptiles. Giant otters have become a recent addition.[4]

In 1985, Salines de Montjoly became a protected area and is administered by Conservatoire du littoral. Since then strong tides have caused damage to the area, and as of 2020, certain parts have been closed to the public pending restoration.[4] Salines de Montjoly is located 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) from the capital Cayenne, and has a publicly accessible observation platform on the lagoon and several paths through the mangrove forests.[5]


  1. ^ According INPN[1] and Protected Planet, the protected area measures 64 hectares,[2] however Conservatoire du littoral says 63.[3]


  1. ^ a b "FR1100377 - Saline De Montjoly". Inventaire National du Patrimoine Naturel (in French). Retrieved 14 April 2021.
  2. ^ "Saline De Montjoly". Protected Planet. Retrieved 14 April 2021.
  3. ^ a b c "SALINE DE MONTJOLY". Conservatoire du Littoral (in French). Retrieved 14 April 2021.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Bienvenue sur le site du Conservatoire d'Espaces Naturels de Guyane". Conservatoire d’Espaces Naturels de Guyane (in French). Retrieved 14 April 2021.
  5. ^ a b "Les Salines de Montjoly". Bio Scene (in French). Retrieved 14 April 2021.

External links

  • Salines-de-Montjoly by Raoul-Kieffer
  • Media related to Salines de Montjoly at Wikimedia Commons
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