Akyatan Lagoon

According to Ramsar Wetland Sites

The Akyatan Lagoon. 15/04/98; Adana; 14,700 ha; 36º37’N 035º16’E. Cultural and Natural Asset; Wildlife Protection Area. A coastal lagoon surrounded by brackish marshes, sandy shores, freshwater pools, wet meadows, and dunes. Among the dunes are pits extending below sea level that fill with freshwater in the rainy season. The site provides habitat for several globally threatened species, including breeding marine turtles, and regularly supports internationally important numbers of numerous species of migrating, wintering and breeding waterbirds.

WWF – Marine turtle conservation in Akyatan Lagoon

The Akyatan lagoon on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast is one of the most important green turtle nesting beaches in the region and is a major wintering site for migrating birds. The area also hosts a wide range of animals such as the golden jackal, which is a major threat to the turtles as it goes after their eggs. But although the beach is relatively remote, it suffers from pollution.

WWF is monitoring the turtle’s nesting sites along the 22km-long Akyatan beach and working with local government authorities to improve marine turtle conservation.

Akyatan Lagoon – Wikipedia

Akyatan lagoon is a 14700-hectar wetland ecosystem that is designated as Wetland of International Importance by Ramsar Convention.[1] A major stop over for migrating birds, Akyatan is recognized as an Important Bird Area by BirdLife International. It is the single largest green turtle rookery at the Mediterranean, holding 43% of the Mediterranean nesting population.

The lagoon is located at the northeastern edge of Mediterranean Sea, 30 km south of the city of Adana, in Çukurova region of Turkey. The entrance to the lagoon is either from Tuzla or through Küçük Karata? Village.

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