Fauna & Flora is working with Turkish partner, Akdeniz Koruma Derneği (AKD), to create marine protected areas along Türkiye’s Mediterranean coastline.
Our work in south-west Türkiye
Türkiye’s seas are home to a wealth of wildlife including Mediterranean monk seals, sandbar sharks and dusky groupers. Our partner AKD works with communities and the Turkish government to create and expand marine protected areas (MPAs) along the coastline. To reduce the threat of destructive and illegal fishing in the MPAs and enable protection, AKD coordinates patrols, closely monitors populations of important species such as the endangered Mediterranean monk seal and conducts research assessing the health of key habitats such as seagrass. Additionally, they work to develop nature-positive enterprises to promote the consumption of invasive species as climate-resilient food and support local fishing cooperatives to record fish catch and monitor fish stocks.