Unfortunately loggerhead turtles and Nile Turtles regularly suffer from severe shell cuts by propeller strikes. Therefore the first project of the new foundation is aimed at encouraging local boat captains to fit propeller guards. To this end a get-together was staged with Atilla Gültekin (manager of the Dalyan Kooperatifi), Özleyiş Çakır (director/engineer of Emek Marin) and representatives of the Foundation to discuss the desirability of fitting specifically designed prop guards onto the boats of the Boat Cooperative.
The foundation will give eight guards to the Dalyan Boat Cooperative as a first incentive to contribute to responsible eco-tourism on the Dalyan waterways. Okçular-based Cooperative captain Ali Topcuoğlu is the proud owner of the first prop guard.