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Institute of Marine Sciences, Erdemli, southern Turkey. Photo: A E Kideys

Synoptic description of site:

The station is about 150m deep, sandy region. It is situated in one of the least studied regions of the Mediterranean.

Extensive description of site:

Two stations off Erdemli are located 1-2 miles offshore in front of the Institute of Marine Sciences, which is based 5 km west of Erdemli city on the southern Turkish cost. The entire region is part of the large sandy and relatively shallow (down to 100 m depth) Mersin Bay.

Habitats present:
Littoral XX
Sublittoral X 
Seagrass beds 

Description of fauna and flora:

The plankton of these stations has been monitored at regular intervals (almost monthly) since the second half of the 1990s. There have been also a few studies on the benthos (including fish) in different years.

Human impact:

The area is subjected to moderate levels of pollution from the large conurbation of Mersin (pop. over one million) and cargo shipping. The Bay is quite heavily fished particularly by trawlers. The coastal area of the stations is relatively turbid due to the outflow of the medium sized Lamas River.


All facilities for marine biodiversity research are available, from seagoing research vessels, sufficiently well equipped laboratories and a library.

Available database and website:

A species inventory and associated physico-chemical oceanographic data are being included in the database and there are plans to make them available on-line.

Commitment and ongoing research:

The Institute of Marine Sciences is trying to maintain research at these stations to obtain long-term data. As long as the necessary finance is secured, there is enthusiasm to pursue monitoring.