First National Workshop on Posidonia oceanica (L.) Delile on the coasts of Turkey
19-20 September 2013
“First National Workshop on Posidonia oceanica (L.) Delile on the coasts of Turkey” organized by Turkish Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs, Turkish Marine Research Foundation (TUDAV) and RAC/SPA were hold in Gökçeada Island, TURKEY in September 19-20, 2013. Eighteen scientists attended from five different universities, TUDAV and Turkish Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs and proceeding book was published including presentations on biology, ecology and distribution of Posidonia oceanica, Posidonia oceanica and associated communities, evaluation of Posidonia oceanica as bioindicator for ecological quality and industrial researches on Posidonia oceanica.
During the workshop, also many global, regional and national organizations and cooperation with universities on this matter were represented by the Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs.
In addition, discussions have been hold on national legal regulations for the protection of seagrass meadows based on scientific approaches.
As a result of the workshop, following issues have pointed out that;
Along the Turkish coasts; a few studies were carried out on Posidonia meadows. Data on biology and ecology and importance as habitat are not enough to indicate habitat map of Posidonia oceanica. Present studies are local and focus around Izmir, Aegean Sea. For this reason, Izmir Bay may be expressed as a pilot area for monitoring study.
In addition to, long term monitoring studies in other areas along the Turkish coast require for mapping and protection of P. oceanica meadows. Protocol of the setting up Posidonia oceanica meadows monitoring system by MedPosidonia Programme will be used in researches. New projects and monitoring studies need for more financial resources and scientific team.
The current threats on the meadows should be revised, especially fishing impact in the Aegean and Mediterranean seas, and the legal regulations should be redone taking account the lower limit of Posidonia meadows.
Public awareness should be created for the protection of the meadows.
To collect grey literature, a web site on Posidonia can be created and mapping study can be started using appropriate studies.
One of the recommendations of the workshop, Posidonia workshop shall be repeated per two years with more participants (Ministry of Agriculture, Diving Schools and Underwater Federation, Coast Guard, Marine Police, municipal and non-governmental organizations) to reach a wider public interest. Its planned to organize next workshop in Izmir after 2 year.