For more than one hundred million years sea turtles have been summer visitors to the Turkish Mediterranean coast.

Even today Turkish shores have some of the most important nesting beaches for

Loggerhead and Green sea turtles in the Mediterranean.

DEKAMER: Iztuzu Beach
DEKAMER: Iztuzu Beach

World’s sea turtle experts

Turkey’s significance as a habitat for sea turtles means that this April

the 35th International Sea Turtle Symposium will be held in Turkey for the first time,

at Sarıgerme, in Muğla province.

Sarıgerme venue

The symposium will be held at the Dalaman Hilton Hotel between 19th and 24th April 2015

and it is expected that more than up to one thousand scientists from as many as 80 countries will attend.

The Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation, hosted every year by

the International Sea Turtle Society (ISTS), is a unique event that draws participants

from around the world, from across disciplines and cultures to a common interest and objective:

the conservation of sea turtles and their environment.

Sarıgerme beach
Sarıgerme beach

Range of turtle related topics

At a recent press conference, Prof. Yakup Kaska, Director of Research, Rescue and Iztuzu,

Dalyan’s Rehabilitation Centre (DEKAMER), a lecturer at Pamukkale University,

and this year’s president of ISTS, explained the significance of this importance event.


There will also be a variety of workshops, giving attendees a change to explore everything

from new technologies to problems associated with tourism.

A thousand scientists from 80 countries

Professor Yakup Kaska
Professor Yakup Kaska

Professor Kaska said:

This symposium, to be held for the first time in Turkey,
will be attended by about one thousand scientists from 80 countries.
Experts on various aspects of sea turtles will present 350 papers and
there will also be eight workshops and 18 seminars.”

He continued saying that,

Last year this symposium was held in New Orleans in the USA
and the fact that it is to be held in Muğla is very significant,
as the province is an important sea turtle nesting area not just in
Turkey but throughout the world.
Scientists visiting Muğla from so many different countries for this
symposium will also have a great opportunity to learn about Turkey
in general and our region in particular.”

A special event for local children

The event will last a week and includes Turkey’s National Children’s Day on 23rd April.
The symposium will be a unique chance to introduce the region’s children to the importance
of sea turtles and, as a result, various activities are being organised.

For more information visit: International Sea Turtle Society