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Turkish Marine Research Foundation was established in 1997 for the aim of conducting researches on marine sciences, protecting marine lives, educating public on marine environment and rising awareness on its importance in our life. Our foundation published 50 books, 24 in English and 26 in Turkish, since its establishment. Our foundation has conducted several researches and projects by the support of international institutions like UNEP–UNDP and European Union, as well as by the support of private sector. TUDAV was also became an observer for Black Sea Environment Program (BSERP), Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP) and United Nations (BM).
TUDAV coordinate educational studies on the protection of our seas by conducting summer schools and seminars and 10.000 students joined to those seminars only in 2003-2004. It distributed a book, named “Our Seas” to the students of Primary Schools.
TUDAV organizes many workshops and courses and establishes marine laws on various current problems like the pollutions, especially in Turkish Strait, marine biodiversity, sustainable fishery, marine protection areas and marine laws. TUDAV continues studies on sustainable fishery especially in Turkish Strait Region and Black Sea. Moreover, It also make an effort on the implementation of responsible fishery in Turkey by organizing seminars. There is a cooperation with related foundations for preventing pollutions originated from the ships and for developing MARPOL 73-78 Convention.
You can follow our foundations work from www.tudav.org.
OUR MARINE BIODIVERSITY DECREASES RAPIDLY
Once open a time, sword and tuna fishes pass from the Istanbul Strait and migrate to the Black Sea. Like the other migrant fishes. But “Istanbul strait” which is an ecological corridor, is under threat due to the pollutions and overfishing. We try to raise awareness on fishermen and public for the aim of creating sustainable fisheries and preventing the pollutions. Furthermore, studies on the protection of Monk Seal in our country, continues.
TARGETS OF TUDAV
We create a databank for the purpose of reaching data of marine studies and researches in our country easily. Especially for the ship strikes, this databank is an important reference source.
TUDAV conducts many research projects especially on biodiversity. For this concept, there is a long term project on the subject of Turkish Strait.
Our researches are presented to the scientific world both in Turkish and English. Moreover, we prepare books on the current problems of our seas. Our foundation publishes an annual scientific journal titled Turkish Marine Life Journal. Also, TUDAV has been the publisher of the scientific periodical "Journal of the Black Sea/Mediterranean Environment", searched in international databases, since 2011.
TUDAV pays importance on sharing the every kind of information with wide range of people. We conduct seminars and summer schools for raising awareness on marine environment, problems that those marine environments face with and protection strategies. Underwater photograph competition and fisheries festivals are organized for the aim of introducing Turkish seas and marine organisms to the public. TUDAV translate the book of “RA” written bu Thor Heyerdahl. Thus we also follow the publications of other countries.
Special Protected Areas
Our attempts on the establishment of marine parks and special protected area are continuing. Thus researches and implementation can be conducted and public awareness can be raised.