Two innovative actions are currently being implemented to help us understand more about the life of sea turtles at sea and also to test solutions for easing interactions of sea turtles with fisheries. Both actions are implemented through the life EUROTURTLES project.
The first is a sea turtle survey of large marine areas by drones. A pilot implementation is expected to yield information for important sea turtle feeding grounds, such as Amvrakikos bay.
The second is based on a telescopic tool for cutting off nets and hooks which has been developed by the Hellenic Center for Marine Research – Crete. With this tool, one can easily release a sea turtle caught in fishing gear from a distance. The tool will be tested by fishermen on Crete and in Messolongi lagoon, in Western Greece.