Over 2,000 sea turtle nests in Cyprus

Cyprus will have more than 2,000 sea turtle nests in 2021, biologist and environmentalist Simos Demetropoulos told CNA.

Demetropoulos, together with Angela Mastrogiacomo from Italy, are experts at the Mediterranean Sea Turtle Research and Conservation Society, working on sea turtle conservation with the technical assistance of young people from Polis Chrysochou.

The Caretta-Caretta turtle is an endangered species.

Demetropoulos has been working to save turtles for 40 years.

Together with his Italian colleague they are visiting the West to conduct research Akama Coastfrom Toxeftra to Lara and Polis Chrysoko in the north, are the main turtle breeding grounds.

Special cages to protect nests are placed in areas to prevent humans from interacting with turtles and to protect turtles from foxes.

Last year, there were over 2,000 nests belonging to Chelonia mydas and Caretta caretta turtles in Polis Chrysochous Bay and the west coast.

“The turtles don’t want to see us. They need peace while people’s curiosity unwittingly causes damage.”

Demetropoulos said their survival depends on a peaceful environment and that people need to respect their needs if they want to protect them.

Aside from destroying the nests, Andreas Pistentis, a former district official of the Fisheries Department, said that the turtles should be sheltered and kept overnight in bonfires, umbrellas and beds because the temperature of the sand changes and affects the eggs. I urged the general public not to stay inside.

Lara has turtles near Anassa Hotel in Paphos, between Agia Marina and Polis Chrysokos Camp.

Koula Michael, director of Terra Cypria – Cyprus Conservation Foundation, said it was a blessing to have these turtles hatch in Cyprus.

“With our involvement and the cooperation of our monitoring team, cyprus seeds, looks forward to benefiting local communities and enhancing actions to raise awareness, protect and protect sea turtles on the islands in order to increase knowledge about this very important species. ”

“We want to promote turtle tourism in the right way,” said Michael.


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