National Park of Messolonghi-Etoliko Lagoons, of lower flow, of Acheloos and Evinos rivers delta and of Echinades islands" (Official Government Gazette 477/31 May 2006).
The park is located in Etoloacarnania prefecture, in the south end of Sterea Ellada where Patraic gulf meets the Ionian Sea and where Evinos and Acheloos rivers fall. This location includes lagoons, land and fluvial areas of the southern part of Etoloacarnania prefecture and the island complex of Echinades of Kefallinia prefecture. These areas are distinctive for their great biological, ecological, aesthetic, scientific, geological / morphological and environmental value.
The park includes:
The overland part which includes:
So, a complex of lagoons has been created were you can distinguish six units:
1) North Channel of Klisova lagoon
2) Klisova lagoon
3) Central lagoon, where many fish farms are located (fishing locations): Tourlida, Vasiladi, Schinias and Prokopanistos.
4) Tholi lagoon
5) Paleopotamos lagoon
6) Etolikos lagoon (Etolikos Channel).
The lagoon, as far as the production is concerned, is not famous for the great variety of commercial fish but for the large quantities it can host. The lagoon produces some species such as: gilt-head seabream (Sparus aurata), sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax), eels (Anguilla), gudgeon and some striped mullet species (Mugilidae). From the female striped mullet (Mugil cefalus) people extract the famous caviar of Messolonghi also called 'bafa’ the only Greek fishery product with Controlled Appellations of Origin (CPO).