The project “Conservation of Marine Turtles in the Mediterranean Region” aims to enhance the protection of marine turtles within the Mediterranean region by reducing human induced direct mortality. Numerous activities will be carried out across the Mediterranean, such as applied research and monitoring on known and potential nesting sites and marine hotspots (Albania, Egypt, Greece, Lebanon, Libya, Spain, Tunisia and Turkey); reinforcement of coordination through the use of standardised maps, protocols and databases; capacity building among turtle researchers and marine protected area managers; improvement of the management and protection of nesting sites (Greece, Turkey); elaboration or update of National Action Plans (Lebanon, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt); and reduction of illegal trade of sea turtles (Egypt, Tunisia).
MEDASSET’s contribution to the project includes producing the project’s Communication Strategy and materials and the development of a Mediterranean stranding protocol and database which aims to fulfil the recommendation under the RAC/SPA Updated Action Plan for the Conservation of Mediterranean Marine Turtles and a Recommendation of the Demography Working Group of the Conference of the 5the Mediterranean Conference on Marine Turtles (Bern Convention T-PVS/Inf 2015 15). In Greece, we will aim to increase knowledge on migration routes and foraging sites in the North Aegean through a rapid questionnaire survey. In Albania, MEDASSET is implementing a monitoring programme to explore potential nesting activity along its coastline and evaluate the quality of certain beaches to appraise their potential of being used as nesting sites in the future, in the case of spatial nesting shifts due to climate change.