What Do We Do

calismalar Since 1987, we have been carrying out census, monitoring, surveying, and conservation studies along sea turtle nesting beaches. Studies and activities we perform between May and September may be listed as follows:

Monitoring sea turtle populations, by means of tagging adult sea turtles during night shifts,

Determining the locations of sea turtle nests during morning shifts and inspecting them on a regular basis,

Hatchling census and statistical analysis of hatchling success for the nests during hatchling emergence season, where we also help hatchlings that get stuck inside nests or lose their ways on the beach,

Caging nests against undesired predations caused by natural enemies such as foxes, dogs, and crabs,

Caging nests that are located in front of the hotels and other tourism facilities, in order to protect them against heavy human pressure,

Establishing info-desks in the settlement centres of our research sites, to provide local people and tourists with information, and raise the public awareness,

Educational practices targeted to local authorities, managers and staff of tourism facilities, local tradesmen and artisans, small enterprises, and schools about the correct and efficient usage of beaches, light and noise pollution, and their negative impacts on sea turtles,

Regulatory activities concerning the usage of beaches and the areas behind beaches, in cooperation with related institutions and enterprises,

We have applied a sea turtle satellite-tracking project in 2004-2005, for the first time in Turkey (within the scope of BTC Project).

We also continue with our studies for establishing a "Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Centre" which will play a significant role in sea turtle conservation efforts in Turkey.

Sea Turtle Conservation and Research Projects: Our adventure of protecting and studying sea turtles, which had started in 1987 with just one person, is still going on with the combined efforts of more than 150 volunteers in 7 different nesting sites (Fethiye, Dalyan, Patara, Belek, Göksu Deltasi, Demirtas, Dalaman, Sugözü (Yumurtalik)) with the support of BETUYAB, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, and OCKKB in 2006.

Project STEP (2002 - 2007): We have carried out the project themed "Sea Turtles and Their Nesting Areas" which was planned as a part of the environmental investment program of BTC (Baku-Tiflis-Ceyhan) Pipeline Company. The project was realised under the title of "Sea Turtles Expedition Project".

Young Footsteps for a Living Mediterranean: The project, carried out in partnership with the British Council, aims to provide a combined endeavour of the countries that hold a vital role in the future of endangered sea turtles in the Mediterranean. Within the scope of the project, numerous workteams of the organisation, which also consist of experts working on this subject for many years, gather to contribute in the conservation studies carried out in these areas.

Kazanli's Sea Turtles and Social Responsibility Project: We are still going on with our studies in Kazanli region, of the project started in 2007 in cooperation with Soda Sanayii A.S.

Sea Turtle Conservation Project - Volunteer Program: International volunteers have been assisting our project team for 4 years through the agency of Beyoglu Rotary Club.

Survey Sites

Please click on the site names for more information about them and studies carried out.

Dalyan
Fethiye
Patara
Kumluca
Belek - Belek Volunteer Program
Kazanli - Kazanli Volunteer Program
Kizilot
Gazipasa
Demirtas
Yumurtalik

Studies Conducted by EKAD

2007, "Service Providing for the Project, Investigation and Conservation of Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta, Chelonia mydas) and Nile Turtle (Trionyx triunguis) Populations in Koycegiz-Dalyan and Fethiye Special Protection Areas" Project. Supporter, Ministry of Environment and Forestry - Environmental Protection Agency for Special Areas, Mugla Directorate of Environmental Protection Agency for Special Areas, Mugla. Executor Institution: Ecological Research Society, Ankara.

2007, "Service Providing for the Project, Investigation and Conservation of Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta, Chelonia mydas) and Nile Turtle (Trionyx triunguis) Populations in Belek and Patara Special Protection Areas" Project. Supporter, Ministry of Environment and Forestry - Environmental Protection Agency for Special Areas, Antalya Directorate of Environmental Protection Agency for Special Areas, Antalya. Executor Institution: Ecological Research Society, Ankara.

2007, "Service Providing for the Activity, Investigation, Monitoring and Conservation of Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta, Chelonia mydas) and Nile Softshell Turtle (Trionyx triunguis) Populations in Gazipasa (6 km) Beaches" Project. Supporter, Ministry of Environment and Forestry - Antalya Provincial Directorate of Environment and Forestry, Antalya. Executor Institution: Ecological Research Society, Ankara.

2007, "Service Providing for the Activity, Investigation, Monitoring and Conservation of Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta, Chelonia mydas) and Nile Softshell Turtle (Trionyx triunguis) Populations in Kumluca (21 km) Beaches" Project. Supporter, Ministry of Environment and Forestry - Antalya Provincial Directorate of Environment and Forestry, Antalya. Executor Institution: Ecological Research Society, Ankara.

2007, Sea Turtles Expedition Project Project. Supporter, BIL (BOTAS International Limited)-DOKAY, Executor Institution: Ecological Research Society, Ankara.

2006, "Service Providing for the Project, Investigation and Conservation of Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta, Chelonia mydas) and Nile Turtle (Trionyx triunguis) Populations in Koycegiz-Dalyan and Fethiye Special Protection Areas" Project. Supporter, Ministry of Environment and Forestry - Environmental Protection Agency for Special Areas, Mugla Directorate of Environmental Protection Agency for Special Areas, Mugla. Executor Institution: Ecological Research Society, Ankara.

2006, "Service Providing for the Project, Investigation and Conservation of Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta, Chelonia mydas) and Nile Turtle (Trionyx triunguis) Populations in Belek and Patara Special Protection Areas" Project. Supporter, Ministry of Environment and Forestry - Environmental Protection Agency for Special Areas, Antalya Directorate of Environmental Protection Agency for Special Areas, Antalya. Executor Institution: Ecological Research Society, Ankara.

2006, "Service Providing for the Project, Investigation and Conservation of Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta, Chelonia mydas) and Nile Turtle (Trionyx triunguis) Populations in Goksu Delta Special Protection Area" Project. Supporter, Ministry of Environment and Forestry - Environmental Protection Agency for Special Areas, Mersin Directorate of Environmental Protection Agency for Special Areas, Mersin. Executor Institution: Ecological Research Society, Ankara.

2006, "Service Providing for the Activity, Investigation, Monitoring and Conservation of Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta, Chelonia mydas) and Nile Softshell Turtle (Trionyx triunguis) Populations in Alanya/Demirtas Beaches" Project. Supporter, Ministry of Environment and Forestry - Antalya Provincial Directorate of Environment and Forestry, Antalya. Executor Institution: Ecological Research Society, Ankara.

2006, "Service Providing and Regional Conservation for Management Plan Preparation Activities concerning Investigation, Monitoring and Conservation of Sea Turtles and Nile Softshell Turtle Populations in Dalaman (Sarigerme) Beaches" Project. Supporter, Ministry of Environment and Forestry - Mugla Provincial Directorate of Environment and Forestry, Mugla. Executor Institution: Ecological Research Society, Ankara.

2003-2007 Sea Turtles Expedition Project. Supporter, Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Crude Pipeline Company. Executor Institution: Ecological Research Society, Ankara.

2003, Project for Monitoring and Conservation of Sea Turtle Populations in Belek Special Protection Area. Supporter, Ministry of Environment and Forestry - Environmental Protection Agency for Special Areas. Executor Institution: Ecological Research Society, Ankara.

2003, Project for Monitoring and Conservation of Sea Turtle Populations in Koycegiz-Dalyan Special Protection Area. Supporter, Ministry of Environment and Forestry - Environmental Protection Agency for Special Areas. Executor Institution: Ecological Research Society, Ankara.

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