Turkey's Lycian Coast: flagship species and marine habitats need more care | WWF

Turkey's Lycian Coast: flagship species and marine habitats need more care

Posted on
28 February 2012
The Kaş-Kekova area is still a relatively well-preserved part of Turkey's Lycian Coast and is among the richest areas in terms of marine biodiversity.

Studies by WWF Turkey experts, however, have pointed to declining populations of two grouper species (Epinephelus marginatus and Epinephelus caninus) due to harpoon fishing and the degradation of sea-grass habitats due to intensive boat anchoring.

In the framework of the MedPAN South Project, WWF Turkey and WWF Mediterranean are working with the Turkish Government Agency for MPAs, UNEP/MAP and RAC/SPA and stakeholders to develop a management plan for the Kaş-Kekova Marine Protected Area and address the issues being faced in and around the MPA, which was established in 2006. Protection measures will include the creation of no-take zones, establishment of mooring systems and introduction of monitoring programs. WWF Turkey has also launched in 2011 an awareness campaign on the declining grouper populations.
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