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Marine and Coastal Protection Areas: Source of life

Jan 1, 2014

The achievement of the Strengthening the System of Marine and Coastal Protected Areas of Turkey Project is astonishing. In only Gökova Special Environmental Protection Area (SEPA) the income increased 1.5 times per fishing boat.

The six no-fishing zones, which were determined under the project in Gökova SEPA, are being supervised by the marine rangers, who are selected among the fishers in the area.

The population of juvenile groupers increased 18 times in these areas.

Fishers’ income increased

According to the data by Akyaka Fisheries Cooperative, the monthly income per boat was 1.500 TL before no-fishing zones in Gökova SEPA.

This amount increased to 2.300 TL after 3 years of no-fishing zone, showing 1.5 times of progress.