Egypt’s Bardawil Lake: safe haven or deadly trap for sea turtles in the Mediterranean?

MEDASSET, Nature Conservation Egypt and the Marine Environmental Center of Suez Canal University are pleased to inform you of the release of the peer-reviewed report entitled “Egypt’s Bardawil Lake: safe haven or deadly trap for sea turtles in the Mediterranean?”

The report presents the findings of a joint rapid survey undertaken in Bardawil Lake in November 2012 following media reports of “mass deaths of sea turtles” in October 2012. Recommendations for decision making and conservation planning that will safeguard this important Mediterranean coastal wetland and protect sea turtle populations in these waters, are also described.

Although the main topic of the publication focuses on sea turtle conservation, the report is also relevant to wetland protection, bird conservation, sustainable fisheries management and local development in this Ramsar wetland.

The full report Attached to this email, you will find the report’s Executive Summary. Please use the following link to download the full report:

An event will be organised in Cairo in early 2014 at which the report findings will be presented and discussed. Pre-registration to the event is via email to

A number of academicians and practionners have signed the publications, namely:

Dr. Mohamed Adel Nada (MEDASSET/NCE); Mrs. Liza Boura, Mr. Kostis Grimanis (MEDASSET); Dr. Gail Schofield (Swansea University, Department of Biosciences, UK and Deakin University, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Australia); Dr. Magdy A. El-Alwany (Suez Canal University); Mr. Noor Noor (Nature Conservation Egypt); Dr. Mossa M. Ommeran (General Authority for Fish Resources Development); Eng. Basem Rabia (Zaranik Protected Area).

Source : MEDASSET Dec.2013,