The meeting, organized by DEKAMER with the support of Fondation Pour la Nature (MAVA), brought together scientists from Albania, Morocco, France, Spain, Italy, TRNC, Libya, Lebanon , Egypt, Tunisia and Greece, as well as England. .
Faculty of Arts and Sciences, University of Pamukkale Faculty Member of Department of Zoology and Director of DEKAMER Prof. Dr. Yakup Kaska told Anadolu Agency (AA) that the funds of MAVA, which works on caretta caretta, will expire this year.
Stating that it was decided at the meeting to continue cooperation for the protection of the existence of sea turtles in the Mediterranean, Kaska said:
“There were 3-4 representatives from each country at the Denizli meeting. Each presented their work in their country. We assessed what kind of cooperation we should do next. In fact, protecting sea turtles does not only mean protecting their nests. It is also important to protect them at sea and on the beach. “We have highlighted issues such as the reduction of deaths linked to fishing nets, the genetic diversity of turtles, sex changes due to temperature , and differences in the areas they feed on. Scientists will also meet at the conference to be held in Morocco in October this year.
“As long as cooperation continues, we can protect sea turtles”
Noting that they exchanged views on sea turtle areas in the Mediterranean, Kaska said:
“We have studied where the Mediterranean is a priority and where we should increase conservation efforts. We see that DEKAMER is particularly well known in the Mediterranean in terms of scientific studies. As long as this cooperation continues, we can continue to protect sea turtles in the Because sea turtles are the ambassadors of the seas. “They can enter and leave from one country to another without a visa, for example. Therefore, the fact that a country says ‘I protect it one hundred percent’ does not mean that the turtles will be protected. This should be done in cooperation with international conservation work.
“We have begun to receive the proceeds of a 30-year conservation effort”
Explaining that turtles face various dangers during their lifetime, Kaska said:
“Since 99% of turtles live in the sea, they can hit their heads with a speed motor and cut the propeller. They can get caught in nets, fishing lines and fishing lines. Sometimes, they may be injured intentionally.Those found injured should be notified as soon as possible so that we can conduct our studies on their treatment.The number of nests on the beach was around 100-200 at that time, but now there is approached 1000. We have begun to obtain the product of 30 years of conservation work.Thanks to these efforts, the situation of sea turtles in the Mediterranean has become low risk.In other words, an improvement has been achieved.
“Sea turtles are not a species that only a country can protect”
One of the MAVA executives, Dr. Paule Gros, on the other hand, said that they have been supporting the protection of sea turtles in the Mediterranean for 7 years.
Noting that these turtles are “charismatic” creatures, Gros said: “We have come together to protect these creatures. Here we work for the protection of these creatures. In fact, we support all institutions such as non-governmental organizations, institutes, research centers that have beaches in the Mediterranean, we want this support and this partnership to continue. he said.
“We are ready to support”
Lobna Ben Nakhla, who participated from Tunisia, explained that she was participating in the scope of protecting the Mediterranean Sea under the Regional Seas Program and said:
“We help countries prepare their own action plans and what they need to do. We are making this happen. Conserving sea turtles as a migratory species is not something one country can do alone. Therefore, we, as the Barcelona Convention, will have full coordination and support to continue this work in the years to come. We are ready to receive all kinds of support so that so many different institutions and organizations come together and carry out work in favor of sea turtles.
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