Turkey Black Sea marine areas to be protected

  Date posted: 10th of September 2012

An EU-supported project is set to take action to protect a number of areas long on the Black Sea.

Dr. Bayram Ozturk, a coordinator of the project, said: “The project is a great chance for the Black Sea’s future and we want the regions extending from the Adriatic to Gibraltar to be protected.”

Areas in Turkey have been earmarked to be protected. These are: Sile in Istanbul, Igneada in Kirklareli, Kefken in Kocaeli, Cide and Doganyurt in Kastamonu, the deltas of the rivers Kizilirmak and Yesilirmak in Samsun, and the Mergit reef offshore from Trabzon.

The project will see the areas closed from tourism, noise pollution, fishing and sea traffic. Ozturk said: “The project will last for four years and draw participation from 59 scholars from 22 countries. All means of human traffic will be prohibited.”

Research will continue to be taken out in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea until 2016 to find and determine other protection zones.