Mepa has launched a €1 million project aimed at the protection and conservation of bottlenose dolphins and loggerhead turtles.

As comprehensive data on these threatened species’ feeding habits and migratory routes is not readily available, Mepa teamed up with Kai Marine Services, a marine conservation firm, which will be contributing towards the project financially and sharing extensive  expertise to help identify the crucial areas for these species.

The funding for the project comes as part of this year’s allocation under the EU’s environment fund, knows as LIFE+ Nature. LIFE+ is the European financial instrument for the environment and has a total budget of €1.7 billion for the budgetary period 2007-2013.

This project, which will span over three years, is also being co-financed by the Ministry for the Environment and Bank of Valletta.

The public is invited to contribute by reporting any sightings and sending photos of the two species.

Mepa will also be distributing information on how to recognise the loggerhead turtle and the bottlenose dolphin.

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