This has been a rollercoaster month for the Blue Wave project in Fethiye, Turkey. Along with Destination Officer Arnau Teixidor from the Travel Foundation headquarters, we met with project partners to discuss the measures that have been taken to conserve this delicate marine environment.
Boats will now be playing an audio message, in English and Turkish, to customers at the beginning of each trip, advising them how to care for the environment. You can hear the English version here.
During the trip, Blue Wave partners visited some of the isolated bays where we plan to install signage about how and where boats can dispose of solid and liquid waste, to ensure it doesn’t go into the ocean. This will include a collection point for batteries and oils.
There will also be information signs on day and overnight boats, telling customers what they can do to travel responsibly in terms of wildlife-viewing, saving water and disposing of waste.
Several boat crews have now received training on responsible boating practices, including nine Blue Cruise Gullets, and there have been workshops delivered to TUI and Jet2 reps, with more Tour Operators set to follow suit.
It was great to see partners getting stuck into planning for the season, and to ensure these initiatives continue and are built upon in 2019.
Working with influential local partners such as Fethiye Municipality, which operates three marinas, has helped enhance the reach of this project, and makes implementing change quicker and more effective.
The Fethiye-Göcek bay is home to more than 1,500 species, including the endangered Loggerhead sea turtle and Mediterranean monk seal.