The time is already come to protect what it is left. We shouldn’t do the same mistakes again. First we need to find the answer of questions like what we lost, why and how we lost them. For this purpose, we conduct studies and we will do it so. Among our coasts, there are ones with the untouched natural beauties. Millions of organisms come to the coastal areas to feed and to reproduce. Lagoons and the mouth of streams possess rich amount of nutrition for the marine organisms. Even if we didn’t see it right away, the sand we step is full with life. Fish migrations still continue on our straits. We still come across with seals in the Mediterranean Sea. Even more, we have also otters. Dolphins great us from the boundless blues. When we look under the sea, we can see unbelievable beauties of life. Sea grasses hosts various organisms. Anchovy is still fished in Black Sea. Groupers, morays, octopus are the interesting guards of rock caves of the Aegean and Mediterranean Sea. But they all depend on our determination: We either decide to study and protect our seas or all of these richness continue to decline.

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Data bank
Reaching to the information that’s needed is difficult due to the wide spread of studies in our seas. For this reason, TUDAV creates a data bank for the purpose of information exchange. Accidents in the Turkish Straits and Black Sea Bibliography have been prepared by our foundation.

TUDAV supports various studies, especially studies on biodiversity, either with its own resources or by getting in contact with related foundations. In this concept, there is a long term study going on Turkish Straits.

Researches are presented to the scientific world both in Turkish and English. Moreover, guide books are also prepared for the aim of increasing the public awareness.

For our foundation, it is very important to spread the knowledge on our seas to the every part of the society. Seminars and conservation precautions, especially for fishermen and other society parts, are also organized for this purpose.

Special Protected Areas
Our affords on the establishment of special protected areas continues, thus researches and practices will be conducted and public can meet with underwater life.

Some of the founders of TUDAV (1996)

Front row (from right to left): Prof.Dr.Kasım Cemal Güven, Prof.Dr.Bayram Öztürk(Kurucu), Dr.Ayaka Amaha Öztürk,
Şahika Ertan, Prof.Dr.Akın Candan Astsubay Haldun Ergünt, Prof.Dr.Neşet Kadırgan

Rear row (from right to left): Prof.Dr.Hüseyin Öztürk, Prof.Dr.Şamil Aktaş, Captain Gündüz Aybay, Ender Çılgın, Asaf Ertan


As a young boy from the Black Sea, I spent many years in the untouched and untainted coast a very fertile sea. Tons of anchovies were stranded to the shore and people got them for free, the rest of the anchovies were left to the birds. My connection with the sea, continued from then on. Later, I was surprised to find the fossilized remains of sea stars on the Taurus Mountains or even in the low mountains in Central Anatolia. I observed and learned then, that much of the flat, endless valleys and plateaus were in fact the evidence that Turkey was an ancient seabed. This discovery led to a fascination about the unique geological evolution of my country. In the Paleozoic times, Anatolia was the Tethys Sea.

I began attending the Maritime and Fisheries High school in Beykoz/Istanbul to travel the seas and to discover the diversity and richness of the regional seas and oceans, my interest matured into a deep love for seas and the life they sustain.

I now have a passion for preserving and protecting the fragile ecosystem of the seas, not only for my children or my country but also for the future generations all over the world. I have been fortunate, as a scientist to investigate marine ecosystem including Antarctica. I found that all seas are impacted from climate changes, overfishing, alien species, degradation of habitats, various sources of pollution and so on. Only healthy, well-managed and productive marine and coastal ecosystems that support stable, secure economics and livelihoods in coastal area of Turkey. I know that sustainable development and poverty reduction cannot be achieved without healthy seas and coasts. More than 30% of the Turkish population lives in the coastal areas and depends heavily on seas and coastal resources for survival. For the moment, we know that at least 50 % of the fish stocks are fully fished or over fished around us. We also know that many species are under threat. These two facts are horrifying me but it should not only horrify me but it should horrify all of us.

Our seas are under immense pressure: too many animals are caught, too much rubbish is being thrown in and too little is being done to protect our precious marine wildlife and vital marine living resources. My mission is for the richness in wildlife, abundant fish stocks, sustainable fisheries and pollution free beaches and bathing waters.
So, we have to work together and take concerted action to preserve our lovely marine systems. There are many things to do together and we are just beginning. Our priority to protect regional and global marine biodiversity.

Moreover, to fight with IUU fishing must be one of our targets. That is why I look forward to a strong connection with many people from all over the world. This connection will help us protect the benefits the seas for us and for our future. We know that the oceans are the sources of life for all, and not only in the narrow sense of the word.

You are more than welcome to help us by following our projects, donating, or supporting our goals and campaigns. Fight with us for the recovery of the seas and its habitants.

Founder of the Turkish Marine Research Foundation