For dead stranded marine animals u can follow the same procedure above or use the form below:
SPOT set up a National Stranding Network in 2009 when turtle strandings began to increase. In recent year we have recorded hundreds of strands around the coast of North Cyprus. Our close work with the North Cyprus small-scale fishery indicates that the majority of these deaths occur in the local artisanal fishery. The fishery is particularly active during summer months when turtle numbers are highest in Cyprus waters.
In order to assess which species and age groups are affected by the fishery we make every effort to record stranded turtles and other marine animals. Also, through taking various samples from these carcasses during a necropsy we are gaining insights into the origin of turtles using our coast, their diet, sex ratios and general ecology. In fact, research into strands and bycatch has become a large part of SPOT’s work.
Local volunteers are invited to make regular patrols of their local beaches carrying a tape measure and camera in order to record stranded turtles. If you live locally and would like to volunteer for regular patrols please get in touch.