Gökova Bay, a formal marine protected area, is a unique environment with high levels of marine biodiversity. FFI and local partner, Akdeniz Koruma Derneği, have effectively enforced six no-take zones through community engagement in Gökova Bay. We have focused on developing a community ranger programme to encourage more effective patrolling of the no-take zones and enforcement of existing fisheries legislation, as well as capacity building support to the local fishing cooperative.

Over the last five years we have documented the recovery of local fisheries and the return of the charismatic Mediterranean monk seal to the area. We are currently expanding this successful model to Fethiye Bay, working with the government and local stakeholders to replicate the Gökova Bay community-based approach to catalyse new conservation actions and promote sustainable fisheries.

Turkey’s location in the eastern Mediterranean makes it particularly vulnerable to invasive species arriving from the Red Sea through the Suez Canal. These alien species often threaten native species and so we have supported consumer awareness raising campaigns to promote consumption of these unwelcome new arrivals.

We are grateful for financial support from the Endangered Landscapes Programme. The Endangered Landscapes Programme has been generously funded by Arcadia, a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin, and is managed through a partnership with the Cambridge Conservation Initiative.