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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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28.07.2020 Getting Creative with Sea Turtles!

Getting Creative with Sea Turtles!

We prefer “Koffa” than plastic bags!

Koffa are traditional hand woven baskets made from palm tree leaves in Tunisia.

This ...

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22.07.2020 Sea Turtle Monument in Tunisia

Sea Turtle Monument in Tunisia

This Caretta caretta monument pays tribute to sea turtles!

These emblematic species have roamed the Earth's Oceans for over 100 million yea...

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17.07.2020 It's nesting season 2020

It's nesting season 2020

It's nesting season and field work for us in the Mediterranean! 

Nesting monitoring, beach observations, placing nest cages to protect...

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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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