Protecting marine turtles and their habitat

Welcome

Episkopi Turtlewatch is an entirely voluntary organization which everybody is welcome to join. We help to conserve loggerhead and green marine turtles on the beaches between Limassol and Paphos on the south coast of Cyprus. Both species are classified as endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (ICUN) and both nest on beaches in the Episkopi area.

This site provides guidance and information for our volunteers and prospective volunteers. You can find details of what we do, and how you can become involved. If you want to join us, you can download a form to complete and return to us.

You can see photos of what we do on our on our Flickr site by following this link and our links page will direct you to a number of conservation organisations in Cyprus and abroad.

 

To contact Episkopi Turtlewatch

email: info@episkopiturtlewatch.com

 

volunteers

In the period 2008 to 2012 the number of turtles killed in Episkopi waters has risen dramatically.  We now expect to see approximately 30 strandings per year where previously we saw one or two.  Nearly all deaths are as a result of interaction with fishing nets.   Around 40% of the killings are deliberate with the turtle being killed by a blow to the head.   No prosecutions have ever taken place in respect of these criminal acts.   The response of the SBA to our efforts to improve the situation  has been to harass our organisers and most recently to cancel our conservation licences!   So much easier than actually addressing the real problems.

Please click on the picture below and sign our petition calling for the Sovereign Base Area Administration to take effective action to stop the killings.


 

Please sign our petition