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Three marine turtle species occur in the Mediterranean Sea. The Loggerhead (Caretta caretta) and Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas) nest here, while the huge Leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) is an occasional visitor, mainly in search for food.

These three species are included  in the List of Endangered and Threatened Species annexed to the Protocol concerning Specially Protected Areas and Biological Diversity in the Mediterranean.

In the IUCN RED List of Threatened Species, Green turtle is classified as globally “Endangered”, Loggerhead turtle as globally “Vulnerable” and Leatherback turtle as “Vulnerable”.  The Mediterranean sub-population of Loggerhead turtle is assessed as “Least Concern” (LC), but conservation dependent...

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08.07.2020 Engaging Fishers to Sea Turtle Release

Engaging Fishers to Sea Turtle Release

Reducing the impacts of bycatch on sea turtle populations is one of the main objectives of "Conservation of Marine Turtles in the Mediterranean Reg...

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26.06.2020 Fishers safe release a sea turtle in Tunisia

Fishers safe release a sea turtle in Tunisia

Safe turtle release!In the framework of the project "Conservation of Marine Turtles in the Mediterranean Region" the SeaTuMed sub-project is i...

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13.05.2020 Conservation of Marine Turtles in the Mediterranea...

Conservation of Marine Turtles in the Mediterranea...

How do we study and protect a highly migratory species like marine turtles? Through partnerships and collaborations!

15 organisations ...

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Development of a Pan-Mediterranean Sea Turtle Stranding Protocol & Database

The Mediterranean Sea is a biodiversity hotspot of high importance worldwide and hosts significant sea turtle populations across its range for mating, nesting, as well as for feeding and wintering of adult, sub-adult and juvenile individuals. As the largest semi-closed basin on our planet surrounded by 23 countries with a total coastline length of 46.000 km, consequently sea turtle strandings occur every day across the Mediterranean, either alive, injured or dead. It is important that these incidents are managed and recorded.

To date, some Mediterranean countries have a National Stranding Network that use a specific protocol for recordings, whereas others operate independently, applying different protocols within the same region. The necessity...


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