Factors affecting the populations of Sea Turtles, Caretta caretta: The Case of Greece

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Biodibersity conservation
Published under CEST2021
Proceedings ISBN: 978-618-86292-1-9
Proceedings ISSN: 2944-9820
(Corresponding) Sarakinou G., APOSTOLAKI S.
The current paper presents the results of an archival research work undertaken as part of a Thesis of the Program of Environmental Studies at Deree – the American College of Greece. The research undertaken aimed at assessing the extent of the problem related to the injuries and fatalities of the loggerhead sea turtles Caretta caretta in Greece, through detailed analysis of incidents recorded in press. Furthermore, the research identifies the patterns followed in injuries, in an effort to form recommendations for improved monitoring and protection. As the loggerhead sea turtle, Caretta caretta comprises an endemic species of Greece and a keystone species for the area, its protection is considered vital for the marine environment of the region. Despite the protection schemes and activities that are in place in Greece, there is high occurrence of traumas and deaths of sea turtles. The presented work will try to identify the gaps in monitoring and the related needs as a means to overcome the obstacles towards more efficient conservation of the species.
Loggerhead turtles, Threats to sea turtles, Caretta caretta Monitoring, Marine species protection