Endangered Green Turtles (Chelona mydas) and Loggerhead Turtles (Caretta caretta) return to this site annually to nest. Without the proper awareness and education, tourists, locals and business owners inadvertently do irreparable harm to this crucial part of the sea turtles' eco-system.
As a conservation zone, Kastela Beach can serve as a protected turtle station, turtle refuge, and marine research center, thus giving the students and citizens the opportunity to engage in an educational experience reinforcing the importance of sustainability and conservation in the area, while serving as an attraction for tourists and visitors to Larnaca.
Many turtles lay their eggs in beaches all along the Larnaca Bay coast during the turtle nesting period (June until August). In many parts of Cyprus patrols are organized by volunteers and the fisheries department (Lara, Episkopi, Pissouri etc). The same should be done in the Larnaca area.
- Mayor's Office, Municipality of Larnaca
Mayor Andreas Louroutziatis
- Citizens' Campaign for the Conservation of Larnaca Bay/Kastela Beach.
Please protect the nesting sites of Endangered Green Turtles (Chelona mydas) and Loggerhead Turtles (Caretta caretta) by declaring Kastela Beach, Larnaca Bay a Conservation Site.
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