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MERİTTA SEA TURTLE REHABILITATION CENTER

CAN IMPORTANT STEP FORWARDS FOR CARETTA CARETTAS

MERIT TOURISM GROUP'S “MERITTA SEA TURTLES REHABILITATION CENTER SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY PROJECT’ HAS BEEN LAUNCHED…

The Merit Tourism Group has launched a new project to support the sea turtles that have been living in our seas for more than 100 million years.

‘The Meritta Sea Turtles Rehabilitation Center Social Responsibility Project’ was launched in order to provide all kinds of support for Caretta and Chelonia Mydas sea turtles which are among the most important inhabitants of the Mediterranean Sea. Launched with the approval of the Ministry of Tourism and Environment of Northern Cyprus, the project will provide all kinds of support for the sea turtles.

AN IMPORTANT COOPERATION

Implemented in cooperation with the Turtle Conservation Society and the MAVA Foundation, which have been conducting successful projects of their own in Northern Cyprus, the project will contribute to the elimination of the factors posing a threat to the existence of the sea turtles and to the rehabilitation of the sea turtles in need of treatment and support.

RAISING AWARENESS AMONG THE FISHERMEN

The ongoing human activities in recent years, fishing in particular are the biggest threat to the existence of sea turtle species. The MAVA Foundation, one of the supporters of Meritta Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Center Social Responsibility Project, continues to try new systems to keep sea turtles away from the fishing nets. In this context, training of the fishermen of the region will be one of the important steps.

FIRST GUESTS

One of the most important objectives of the project is to restore the wounded sea turtles to their natural habitat as soon as possible and to raise public awareness on this issue. As part of the project, two green sea turtles tangled in the nets of Barbaros Öz and Ali Gür, who are fishermen in the region, were rescued from the nets alive as a result of the cautious intervention by the fishermen. The two sea turtles who were brought to the rehabilitation center for their control and observation were named Chelsea and Mina. The two sea turtles were hosted in the center for a while after general tests. Chelsea and Mina, who became healthy enough to return to their natural environment after the tests and interventions, were sent back to the sea from the coast of Famagusta the previous day. Tagged with satellite tracking devices by Robin Snepa from the Turtles Conservation Society, the lives of the sea turtles in the Mediterranean will be monitored too.

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