INFORMATION FOR SIGHTING AND STRANDING EVENTS OF MARINE MAMMALS AND SEA TURTLES

The Greek seas support some of the most important remaining marine mammal and turtle populations in the Mediterranean. In spite of the fact that these species are protected they face various anthropogenic threats. In Greece, there are no management and conservation measures, resulting in the drastic decline of their populations. In Greece, with over 18 000 km of coastline and 220 000 km2 of sea surface, the collection of data regarding the populations and strandings of marine mammals and turtles, is very difficult. The research carried out of these species is limited, and unfortunately strandings are rarely reported or recorded. The involvement of everyone’s help with the reporting of sightings and strandings is very important. This leaflet provides information on how you should act when having discovered a stranded animal and who should be informed concerning a sighting or stranding report.

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