Sea turtles have been endangered for 50 years


WWF-Turkey pointed out that adult female sea turtles lay an average of 100-150 eggs each time they go to the beach to nest. WWF-Turkey stated that the young hatch after 45-60 days. It has been announced that only 1 or 2 of every 1000 eggs laid can reach maturity, as the hatchlings hatching from the nest are among the food sources of numerous predators such as crabs, jackals, seabirds and fish in the marine environment. . It argued that human activities also negatively impact sea turtle populations, which face many threats throughout their lives, and emphasized that human-induced hazards in their habitats, especially breeding beaches, feeding and wintering grounds, could lead to should be kept to a minimum so that the species can lead a healthy life.


Ayşe Oruç, WWF-Turkey Marine and Wildlife Programs Manager, stated that sea turtles play an indispensable and complementary role for the health of marine and coastal ecosystems and noted that individuals also have a responsibility to improve their habitats and protect their species. Oruç pointed out that no fires should be lit on the beach at night, that people should not walk around with lights on, and that the lights seen from the sea should be shielded. the beach. Most importantly, sea turtles should not be hand-fed and should not be used to ready-to-eat foods like all other wild animals.


In addition, Ayşe Oruç warned not to plant umbrellas, sun loungers and graves in the sand within the specified distances on the breeding beaches, adding that it is important that the puppies cross the beach on their own after they leave the nest. Oruç stated that when a baby sea turtle is seen, it should not be thrown into the sea and taken home, pointing out that events such as festivals and concerts take place between June 1 and September 15, which coincides with the hatching and nesting period.


Oruç explained that WWF-Turkey, together with the 7th Regional Directorate of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, has been conducting research, monitoring and conservation work for sea turtles on Adana’s Akyatan Beach for more than 17 years since 2006, Oruç said: “Each year between June 1 and June 15 As part of uninterrupted field research between September and September, data is being collected on the seasonal distribution of sea turtle nests, hatchling success, breeding seasons and ecology at Akyatan Beach. conducted with the support of more than 400 volunteers, approximately 250 thousand baby green sea turtles have reached the sea since 2006. Satellite transmitters were attached to 19 adult female green sea turtles to determine green sea turtle migration routes and wintering areas. reached North African coasts to overwinter and feed.


Ayşe Oruç summed up how to behave on turtle breeding beaches as follows:

“Do not place umbrellas within 35 meters of the sea, do not dig in the sand. Do not use sun loungers on the beach. Do not leave items on the beach at night. Curtain your lights visible from the beach. Do not walk around with lights on the beach at night. Do not exceed 8 mph (13 km/h) with boats within 1.5 km of shoreline. Do not leave the beach with motor vehicles. Do not enter the beach with motor vehicles. Do not make fires on the beach. Do not throw litter the beach and in the sea Do not leave your pets on the beach Do not organize concerts, festivals, events on the breeding beaches between June 1 and September 15 You can support the expert teams who carry out the conservation work on the breeding beaches “

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