On the Ground in Turkey: Monk seal project

(left) Fisherman, turkey; (right) monkseal / ©: WWF-Canon
(left) Fisherman, turkey; (right) monkseal
© WWF-Canon

Bringing back the fish

Thanks to overfishing by industrial fishing boats, Turkey's Mediterranean monk seals are going hungry and local fishermen are struggling to make a living. Competing for the same limited food supply, the seals are most often the losers.
But in two places on the Mediterranean - the outer Gulf of Izmir and the Cilician Basin - the fishermen have become guardians of the monk seals. And in doing so, they are bringing back the fish and improving their own livelihoods.

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