Tanbi Wetlands Complex (TWC), demarcated in 2003 and gazetted as a national park in 2008; has an area of 6,304 hectares. TWNP is a mangrove swamps that fronts the ocean to the north and the Gambia River to the east.  It is located at the mouth of the River Gambia, occupying the southern portion of its estuary.  It has developed through the combination of deposition of fluvial and marine sediments.  It is an Estuarine and Intertidal forested wetland primarily of low mangrove forest, with a complex of vegetation types on its northern boundary and along the mangrove fringing the main land.  The TWNP functions include coastal stabilization, fish breeding and recreation.