WP4: Addressing the other threats

Specific objective: Secure nesting sites.

  • Expected result: In collaboration with landowners adapt turtle-friendly land management and agricultural practices at minimum of 6 nesting sites to have at least 10m2 of nesting site area per population secured for all 4 populations.

Specific objective: Removing invasive fish, turtle and knotgrass from all restored and improved sites.

  • Expected results:
  1.  remove all of invasive alien species of fish Gambusia sp. from two out of three ponds where it is currently known to be present: one Natura 2000 site 100% clear, one Natura 2000 site 50% clear (affecting 25% of the total Mauremys rivulata population);
  2.  capture all currently known invasive alien species of turtle in three Natura 2000 sites (Ston, Majkovi, Prljevići 100% clear of Trachemys scripta) and have at least 5 volunteer removal actions during the project;
  3.  completely eliminate invasive Paspalum knotgrass from all three ponds where it is currently known to be present (two Natura2000 sites 100% clear, aquatic habitat secured for 25% of the total M. rivulata population).

Specific objective: Design, build, and test the turtle-friendly fyke-nets to address by-catch mortality.

  • Expected result: 30 turtle-friendly fyke nets are built, tested in three phases and in collaboration with at least 10 local fishermen in Delta Neretve project area and at least 3 research/management experts, across the entire project area, and also in Albania and Montenegro.




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