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Life Euroturtles

Collective actions for improving the conservation
status of the eu sea turtle populations
About project


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 turtle Chelonia mydas.

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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Interaction with fisheries and anthropogenic pressure on nesting beaches are the main threats to sea turtles in the Mediterranean
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LIFE Euroturtles partners organise many field activities and public awareness events. As picture is worth a thousand words, check it out and join us on our next public event.
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Conservation actions


Natura 2000 sites development

The project aims to extend the current marine areas included in the Natura 2000 network by including additional areas which are highly frequented by sea turtles.

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Rescue network and centers

The project will increase the capacity of the current rescue networks to successfully rescue and release sea turtles found injured or ill.

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Nest protection

The project will improve (i) the capacity to detect nests in need of specific protection in areas at risk of predation

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Fisheries impact mitigation

The project will tackle the problem of sea turtle by-catch through four multiple and synergic actions.

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How fishermen can help

Correct recovery and release of by-caught animals can greatly increase their survival.

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Public engagement

How you can

Green Turtle entangled in a fishing net and strangled to death.

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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