High Sea Debates in the UN started!

TUDAV participated and invited  the First Intergovernmental Conference on an internationally legally binding instrument under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea for Marine Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ) at the UN Headquarter in New York, on 4-14 September, as a member of High Seas Alliance (HSA). High seas consist 2/3rd of the world’s oceans and 95% in terms of volume, yet less than 1 % has been protected. As marine genetic resources are exploited, IUU fishing and overfishing in high seas are threatening the resource, the ecological service of high seas is not fully understood, we urgently need a legal instrument to protect BBNJ. This is the first negotiation […]

World Oceans Day

Plastics do not belong in the ocean! On the 8th of June, we celebrated World Oceans Day at Caddebostan Divers Club in Istanbul with the participation of marine lovers from around Turkey. Main action focus of the day defined by the UN was to “prevent plastic pollution at sea and encouraging solutions for a healthy ocean.” A short film prepared by TUDAV was screened at the event, along with the exclusive video message of Peter Thomas, UN Special Envoy for the Ocean, which was sent to TUDAV specifically for the day. Additionally, the trailer of ACCOBAM’s new international project, ASI-ACCOBAMS Survey Initiative, was also screened at the event in order […]

Submission on the ISA’s Draft Strategic Plan

Protect the marine environment from harm This is a submission in response to the call for comments on the draft Strategic Plan of the International Seabed Authority, which was requested by the Council in ISBA23/A/13. The undersigning organisations would like to focus on some fundamental questions that need to be addressed first and foremost, and which we would like to see integrated in the ISA Strategic Plan. We are deeply concerned about the potentially irreversible losses of marine biodiversity which will likely result from deep-sea mining. While much remains unknown about deep-sea ecosystems, recent science calls for a fundamental rethinking of the course set towards allowing commercial deep sea mining […]

Good News!

Angelsharks, guitarfishes, roughshark, devilfishes, thintail thresher, shortfin mako, thornback ray, longnose spurdog are protected from now in Turkey with the contributions of TUDAV.

TUDAV’s membership of the High Seas Alliance

TUDAV’s membership of the High Seas Alliance Turkish Marine Research Foundation (TUDAV) is now a member of the High Seas Alliance! The High Seas Alliance (HSA), with its 35 non-governmental members, as well as the IUCN, has been working towards protecting approximately 50% of the planet that is the high seas, since its founding in 2011. As the region of the global ocean that is beyond national jurisdiction, the high seas includes some of the most biologically important, least protected, and most critically threatened ecosystems in the world. HSA members work together to inspire, inform and engage the public, decision-makers and experts to support and strengthen high seas governance and […]

TUDAV’s membership of the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition

TUDAV’s membership of the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition Turkish Marine Research Foundation (TUDAV) is now a member of the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition The Deep Sea Conservation Coalition (DSCC) was founded in 2004 to address the issue of bottom trawling on the high seas, in the absence of an effective regime for the management of deep-sea fisheries on the high seas and in response to international concerns over the harmful impacts of deep-sea bottom trawling. Working with scientists, NGOs, intergovernmental organizations and numerous governments, the DSCC has effectively and consistently targeted the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) and other international fora to call for action. From the beginning, the DSCC […]

Jellyfishes of Eastern Mediterranean

Jellyfishes of Eastern Mediterranean The poster was prepared by the Turkish Marine Research Foundation and printed by the Turkish Underwater Sports Federation to increase awareness on possible threats of poisonous by gelatinous organisms (mostly jellyfish) on the coast of Eastern Mediterranean. In case of human contact, these organisms may cause a variety of medical problems. The poster gives provides methods of treatment coping of consequences in case of emergency. Please click to download the pdf file of poster.

2017 Turkish Seas Report Published

2017 Turkish Seas Report Published We have prepared a detailed report on the Turkish seas for the occasion of its 20th anniversary and announced via press conference on 8th Janurary 2018. TUDAV warns everyone including policy-makers, private companies and public institutions about the critical state of our seas and urges all stakeholders to protect them and prevent pollution. Please click to the report