The Threats on the Biodiversity of Gökova Specially Protected Area and Solutions for a Sustainable Environment

OKUŞ E., YÜKSEK A., YILMAZ İ. N., Aslan Yılmaz A., DEMİREL N., Karhan Ü., ...More

MEDCOAST'07, Egypt, 1 - 04 November 2007, pp.193-198

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Country: Egypt
  • Page Numbers: pp.193-198
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


The marine biodiversity of G6kova specially protected area (SPA) lead a serious contradiction between conservation of biodiversity and human use, Among 723 macroscopic species, Gokova SPA sheltered 34 species under protection. However, possible solutions have been proposed to the authorities for the problems recorded during this study. Problems related to over fishing, anchoring, wastewater reclamation, the yacht tourism and aquaculture needs immediate attention and some progress to solve these problems has already been achieved. The further measures should include other threats on the biodiversity such as the selective fishing, trading of protected species and habitat loss due to land use. Solutions on scientific basis should be developed in order to conserve the marine biodiversity as well as a sustainable fisheries and ecotourism in specially protected areas and Gokova Spa is a promising example for such attempts.