Monitoring Albanian beaches for marine turtle nesting suitability Technical Report 2019 Executive Summary

Albania’s coastline spans across two regional seas within the Mediterranean, the Adriatic (north) and the Ionian Sea (south). Sea turtles were first documented present in Albanian waters in 1960 and monitoring of the local population has since concentrated within the marine environment. Previous research has determined important areas for over-wintering and development grounds for the species Caretta caretta and recorded the presence of green turtles (Chelonia mydas). Information of nesting activity across Albania has been collected since 2002 by the Herpetofauna Albanian Society (HAS), consisting of anecdotal reports until 2017, when the first empirical evidence of a nest was recorded with photographic evidence of hatchlings on the beach
Under the scope of a Mediterranean regional wide funded project by the MAVA Foundation, MEDASSET has implementing a project (2018-19) to (1) collect data to establish the suitability of Albania’s coastline to support viable sea turtle nesting and (2) carry out systematic monitoring for nesting activity.
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