Bathala Region was declared protected on 5 June 2011 and the protected area of coverage includes Bathalaahuraa reef and the islands including the channels and the island of Gaagandufaruhuraa to the north and the island and reef of Vinaneiyfaruhuraa to the south.
Very high biodiversity, diverse habitat and standing population of hard and soft corals and associated marine invertebrates and vertebrates. Nesting sites for green and hawksbill turtles and includes known grouper aggregation spawning sites. Roosting site for black-naped tern and Includes known grouper aggregation and spawning site.
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