The Blue Wave project, or Mavi Dalga (in Turkish), was about improving awareness and understanding of the threats to the marine environment from marine tourism – both within the tourism sector and amongst tourists themselves. The project also aimed to improve the level of sustainable practices carried out within the sector and amongst tourists, creating a cleaner and more appealing tourism product.
Why? The demand for berthing space in the Muğla region is set to double over the next two decades as recreational marine tourism grows, and most tourists take at least one boat trip during their stay. The increased use of the bays is increasing pressure on the marine environment.
The Fethiye-Göcek bay is home to more than 1,500 species, including the endangered Loggerhead sea turtle and Mediterranean monk seal.