New Project in Fethiye “Blue Wave”

15th, 2015
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“Blue Wave Project” being arranged with the initiatives of Fethiye Chamber of Sea Commerce has officially been started with a signature ceremony.

“Blue Wave Project” being prepared with the initiatives of Fethiye Chamber of Sea Commerce has officially been started with a signature ceremony.

The project will improve current marine applications, raise awareness on sustainable sea tourism, start new developments and reduce environmental pollution caused by sea tourism if these progresses are made, it is reported. Cihan Duman, Fethiye Port Director, Güler Uymaz, Tourism Consultancy Director, Hasan Doğan, Fethiye National Education Manager, Şaban Sarıkaya, Director of Fethiye District Food, Agriculture and Husbandry, other officials, environmental organizations, civil society organizations of marine and tourism sector attended the meeting. The meeting for Blue Wave Project, which is planned to be spread from Fethiye to the entire country and the world, was organized with the supports of civil society organizations. Blue Wave Project has been started with the co-operations of Fethiye Branch of Chamber of Sea Commerce, Fethiye Branch of Turkish Marine Environment Protection Association, D-Marin Göcek Marina and the Travel Foundation. The protocol of the Blue Wave project was signed by chamber president Şaban Arıkan, Onur Ugan, Manager of D-Marin Göcek Marina, Naomi McGlure, Regional Director of the Travel Foundation. Onur Ugan, Manager of D-Marin Göcek Marina said they were delighted to provide full support to the project. Associations having signed the protocol explained that this region including Fethiye and Göcek is known with unique sea tourism opportunities and draws more interest of boat owners by offering several spectacular bays and marina areas day by day. Sea tourism is a type of tourism having a pressure on environment these days and will attract more attention within the next 10 years.

The associations also point out that they hope the requirement for boats to dock would double in Muğla Region in near future, some improvements in current marine applications might be done, they should raise awareness on sustainable sea tourism, start new developments and sea pollution could decrease once they carry out these improvements.

Associations said this is a long term project and listed their goals: Raising awareness on environmental damages in the sea caused by sea tourism by the sector and tourists, increasing sustainable touristic activities for sector staff and tourists and making cleaner and more attractive tourism products and creating a capacity to follow the effects of these predicted developments of sea tourism on environment among local shareholders.

 

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