The research conducted this year once more pointed to the importance of the North Karpaz beaches. Members of the Chelonia mydas species, which has been declared to be endangered and is under protection all over the world, have been observed to use the North Karpaz beaches intensively. The fact that 44 out of the 54 nests made on North Karpaz beaches this year belonged to members of the Chelonia mydas species proves this observation. It is therefore necessary to protect the North Karpaz beaches which are so important for the whole of the Mediterranean and to declare them a Special Environmental Protection Site. In addition, the North Karpaz beaches have to be cleaned from the plastics thrown by the sea and be made more suitable for turtles nesting (Picture 5).

Another important finding this year was that two female turtles went to a different beach the second time they attempted to nest. It is said that female turtles always use the same beach for nesting, although it is possible to see them go to different beaches. Thus, it is necessary to continue the research in the following years in order to gather more accurate information about this.

This year we distributed to local and foreign visitors the posters, brochures, and stickers we had prepared and which had been printed by private enterprises. Samples are given in Appendices 1, 2, and 3.

Picture 5: Excessive plastic pollution on North Karpaz beaches