Cyprus News | Karsiyaka Turtle Watch – KTW | FaceBook Group

Cyprus News | Karsiyaka Turtle Watch - KTW | FaceBook GroupCyprus News | Karsiyaka Turtle Watch – KTW | FaceBook Group

‘About

Karsiyaka Turtle Watch is run solely by dedicated volunteers who strive to protect the nesting and hatching turtles on Guzelyali Beach. KTW work with the Marine Turtle Conservation Protect on behalf of the Society for Protection of Turtles (SPOT).

Mission

Karsiyaka Turtle Watch pledges to continue with the protection of our nesting turtles on Guzelyali Beach and their offspring.

Description

Karsiyaka Turtle Watch was founded in 2008 to monitor and protect Guzelyali Beach as this is one of the nesting beaches in North Cyprus for predominantly Loggerhead Turtles, but also a few Green Turtles. Our volunteers patrol the beach daily starting May to check for nests. Those nests are then protected from predation, marked and named and then about 6-10 weeks later the hatchlings start to appear. This is when we do our excavations at night to which spectators are welcomed, this is normally July – September. It is important to have supporters as we rely solely on donations and funds raised from our fund raising events. Our fund raising events range from raft races to themed evenings and these are usually well supported by the local people of North Cyprus.

General information

In the Mediterranean both the loggerhead turtle Caretta caretta and green turtle Chelonia mydas nest. Both are listed on Appendix 1 of CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of wild fauna and flora) prohibiting any international trade among contracting parties. Globally the loggerhead turtle is categorised as Endangered on the IUCN Red List. The Mediterranean sub-population of the green turtle has recently been re-classified by the IUCN as Endangered due to the lack of evidence to support the claims that it is a discrete sub-population from that found in the wider Atlantic. Loggerhead turtles nesting in the Mediterranean have been shown to have diverged genetically from those in the Atlantic.

The loggerhead is the most abundant marine turtle species in the Mediterranean, with an estimated 2-3000 females nesting annually. The main nesting concentrations are in Greece, Turkey and Cyprus where long-term monitoring projects are in operation and there are possibly significant nesting grounds in Libya. Minor nesting aggregations have been described in Egypt, Lebanon, Israel, Italy, Syria and Tunisia.

Green turtle nesting is much more localised than that of the loggerhead turtle, with most nesting occurring in Turkey and Cyprus with small numbers in Israel, Egypt and Syria. The nesting population for the Mediterranean has been estimated at 300-400 females annually.

From SPOTs results since 1992, we estimate that 10% of the loggerhead and 30% of the green turtles nesting in the Mediterranean nest in North Cyprus, highlighting the importance of both Ronnas Bay, and Alagadi beaches as the 3rd and 5th most important nesting beaches of the green turtle in the entire Mediterranean.’ [KTW FaceBook Group]

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