The EU funded INDICIT ll programme and the Society for the Protection of Turtles (SPOT) have posted a video of a turtle found off the coast of north Cyprus with a plastic ring, possibly from a shampoo bottle or similar, stuck around its neck.
Luckily Barış and Barkın Ercantan were on hand to remove the ring and release the turtle back into the sea, they said on their Facebook pages.
Watch the video below.
INDICIT II (Implementation Of Indicators Of Marine Litter On Sea Turtles And Biota In Regional Sea Conventions And Marine Strategy Framework Directive Areas), is a two year project (February 2019 – February 2021 funded by the European Union.
It follows on from the INDICIT I project which ran from 2017 – 2019.
The consortium, composed of researchers from 12 partners in 8 different countries (France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey and the United Kingdom), is committed to support the implementation of EU’s Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) and other international environmental policies aiming at protecting the marine environment (especially the Barcelona convention, the OSPAR convention, the HELCOM etc).
SPOT (the North Cyprus Society for the Protection of Turtles) is an NGO that focuses on the monitoring, research and protection of marine turtles.