Period: from 11/2004 to 10/2008
Ministry of the Environment and Protection of the Territory – Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry – General Command of the Harbour Offices – AGCI Pesca – Punta Campanella Protected Marine Area – Cetacea Foundation – Legambiente – Lega Pesca – Maremma Natural Park – University of Siena – University of Turin – 3 Regions (Tuscany, Latium and Calabria) – 3 Provinces (Agrigento, Cagliari and Reggio Calabria) – 4 National Parks (Tuscan Archipelago, Cilento, Gargano and Asinara) – Acquario di Livorno – Centro Recupero Tartarughe di Policoro – Federpachi – Sicilian Fund for Nature
The project set out to implement urgent conservation actions in favour of Caretta caretta, a national and international protected species that is particularly sensitive and threatened by human activity, by creating a network of headmasters, distributed throughout Italy, aimed at reducing the threats to the species. Never before has an attempt been made in Italy to bring together under one network all those involved in the protection of Caretta. Among the objectives successfully achieved the development of five new Sea Turtle Recovery Centres, located in strategic locations; the activation of a toll-free number, active 24 hours a day and valid throughout Italy, for reporting emergencies. Other results were the dissemination of uniform and standardised methods and procedures for recovery, tagging and data collection the implementation of a coordinated training programme addressed to fishermen, to make them aware of the importance of their contribution to sea turtle conservation and to facilitate the experimentation activities envisaged by the project. Then, the experimentation of systems to reduce by-catch, and the creation of a National Data Bank was accomplished. Finally, the draft of Guidelines to reduce interaction with fishing activities and foster the dissemination of low-impact fishing systems at a national scale was established.