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MEDTURTLES

COLLECTIVE ACTIONS FOR IMPROVING THE CONSERVATION STATUS OF THE EU SEA TURTLE POPULATIONS: BORDERING AREAS
NEWS

Nesting season is not over in Spain!

Nesting season is not over in Spain. Nest detected in Valencia province, thanks to the awareness campaign carried out by UVEG team and XALOC. The UVEG team went to the beach and rescued (with the great help of local police) a total of 13 hatchlings attracted by...

Nesting season is not over in Spain!

Nesting season is not over in Spain. Nest detected in Valencia province, thanks to the awareness campaign carried out by UVEG team and XALOC. The UVEG team went to the beach and rescued (with the great help of local police) a total of 13 hatchlings attracted by...

GOALS

The aim of the project is to improve the conservation status of the EU populations of two sea turtle priority species, the Loggerhead turtle Caretta caretta and the Green turtleChelonia mydas.
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LOGGERHEAD
TURTLE

lat. Caretta caretta

Caretta caretta has a worldwide distribution and it is most common sea turtle in the Mediterranean

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GREEN
TURTLE

lat. Chelonia mydas

Chelonia mydas is frequenting mainly tropical and subtropical seas. A relativelly small population inhabits the Mediterranean

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SPECIES, HABITATS

AND THREATS

Interaction with fisheries and anthropogenic pressure on nesting beaches are the main threats to sea turtles in the Mediterranean

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Italia
ITALY
Incidental capture in fishing gear
Turtle captures in bottom trawls
25000 – 25600
Turtle captures in set nets
4040 - 6500
Spagna
SPAIN
Incidental capture in fishing gear
Turtle captures in bottom trawls
-
Turtle captures in set nets
-
Tunisia
TUNISIA
Incidental capture in fishing gear
Turtle captures in bottom trawls
5458 ± 1652
Turtle captures in set nets
443
Albania
ALBANIA
Incidental capture in fishing gear
Turtle captures in bottom trawls
43 – 86
Turtle captures in set nets
120–559
TURKEY
TURKEY
Incidental capture in fishing gear
Turtle captures in bottom trawls
3500
Turtle captures in set nets
4700
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VIDEO

LIFE Medturtles partners organise many field activities and public awareness events.
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HOW YOU CAN
HELP

Citizens can greatly improve sea turtles conservation efforts!

Our daily activities causes harm to the environment in general and to sea turtles in particular. Use natural materials and recycle – Discarded plastic and in particular plastic bags present great danger to sea turtles. When floating in the sea plastic bags look much like gelatinous organisms so se turtles can accidentally ingest them. When visiting sandy beaches inform yourself if there are se turtles nests there. Driving on sandy beaches can cause nest destruction. Garbage can cause harm to young turtles. Speed boats can cause physical injuries to basking sea turtles. Reduce your speed when you are in areas of greater sea turtles abundance. Use our ScienCitizen app for mobile phones and report your observations! Your reports will greatly improve our knowledge of sea turtles distribution and help us identify importanmt areas.

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Grant Agreement LIFE18 NAT/IT/000103. This website has been produced with the assistance of LIFE financial instrument of the European Union. The information and views expressed on this website are the sole responsibility of LIFE Euroturtle project partners and do not necessarily reflect the official opinion of the European Union.

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