Gone Fishin’

Back to the Sea projectIf fishing is your business, what can you do when the local waters become a No Take Zone?

The answer is… set up a fishing excursion. A new Turkish government law will allow tourists to take excursions on operational fishing boats. We are pleased to announce that the first excursion, as a result of the Back to the Sea project, took place on the 31st August 2014.

Back to the Sea - fishing boatsThe first excursion, which was filmed by a German TV crew from Deutsche Welle, welcomed 9 German and 2 Turkish holidaymakers on board the boat. Visitors saw local fishers at work, dropping and hauling long lines; they learned about the local area, the underwater landscape and the importance of the No Take Zone. Later they snorkeled in the beautiful turquoise waters and enjoyed a fresh-fish lunch at the fishing cooperative cafe.

The excursion received excellent feedback, especially from the children who were really excited about meeting local fishers and asked lots of questions about the marine life they encountered while snorkeling.

We look forward to bringing your further updates as the excursions gain momentum…