Ministry of Tourism and Environment, Environmental Protection Department, issued an announcement asking people to be sensitive in respect of beaches where sea turtles are protected.
This relates to specified hours, camping, overnight stays etc.
As it is known, the beaches of our country are of great importance for sea turtles.
Many of our coasts are protected as turtle protection areas. Turtles use the following beaches between May and October and after sunset, camping, burning fires and similar activities will disturb these magnificent and endangered creatures. We ask all our people to be sensitive about this issue.
Beaches where turtles are protected:
All of the beaches between Yalya-Sadrazamköy (including Mediterranean Village coast), Karşıyaka / Güzelyalı, Alagadi, Esentepe Public Beach (coast to the east of the road leading to the beach), Tatlısu / Mersinlik, Dipkarpaz Ronnas, Ayfilon, Altınkum-Kaleburnu. All of the beaches between Iskele-Yenibogazici.
We invite our people not to perform the above-mentioned activities in these regions and to be sensitive to wildlife.
In particular, we remind you that camping on the shores mentioned above and staying on the beach at night is very inconvenient for the turtles who choose the beaches of our country as their homes. In the places indicated, we announce that we have the authority to remove citizens who do not comply with the specified conditions from the beaches where they are located.