Episkopi Turtlewatch - Halt the killing of turtles

Green and Loggerhead turtles nest on Episkopi area beaches in the British Sovereign Base Area of Cyprus ("SBA"). Both are endangered species. Recent estimates suggest that only 600 adult female Green turtles and 6000 adult female Loggerhead turtles remain in the Mediterranean. In 2008 twenty one dead turtles were found on Episkopi beaches. So far in 2009 twenty five turtle bodies have been found. More than half of the dead were Green turtles. Most died as a consequence of fishing activity. In the Republic of Cyprus special protection is given to the coastal waters adjacent to nesting beaches. The SBA waters adjacent to nesting beaches are given no such protection. The Chief Administrator of the SBA does have the power to grant protection in order to safeguard marine life and has been formally requested to use this power on several occasions. On each occasion he has declined our request. Please show him that you care about this issue to by signing this petition. Thank you. We call upon the Sovereign Base Area Administration authorities (Cyprus) to take immediate effective action to halt the illegal killing of marine turtles in Sovereign Base Area waters.

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Episkopi Turtlewatch is a group of volunteers committed to the conservation of Loggerhead and Green turtles that mate and nest in the Episkopi area of Cyprus.

Links

http:www.episkopiturtlewatch.com

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  • Dr.Keith Corbett, MBE I have been involved with the conservation of threatened amphibians and reptiles in the UK and across Europe for more than 45 years. During that time in the UK we
    looked to the Ministry of Defence as
    our most important national ally (please excuse the pun!). While this was true while you had a series of active Conservation Officers, beginning with the excellant, sadly now late, Lt.Col.Norman Clayden, this ludicrous marine turtle situation on the Cyprus UK.Sovereign Base simply beggars belief !
    I must suspect that the unpleasant stand-off with the dedicated WTW
    is partly because of a diminished
    conservation attitude to these turtles
    in their vital breeding, feeding,
    and overwintering, I also understand
    that it may be being influenced by
    DEFRA's bureacratic expertise and which as usual is not matched by any sound ecological understanding !

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    Dr.Keith Corbett, MBE

    2 weeks ago Comments: I have been involved with the conservation of threatened amphibians and reptiles in the UK and across Europe for more than 45 years. During that time in the UK we looked to the Ministry of Defence as our most important national ally (please excuse the pun!). While this was true while you had a series of active Conservation Officers, beginning with the excellant, sadly now late, Lt.Col.Norman Clayden, this ludicrous marine turtle situation on the Cyprus UK.Sovereign Base simply beggars belief ! I must suspect that the unpleasant stand-off with the dedicated WTW is partly because of a diminished conservation attitude to these turtles in their vital breeding, feeding, and overwintering, I also understand that it may be being influenced by DEFRA's bureacratic expertise and which as usual is not matched by any sound ecological understanding !
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