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Welcome to the web page of the 7th Mediterranean Conference on Marine Turtles! Since the start in 2001, Mediterranean marine turtle conferences gather participants from around the region, and from across disciplines and cultures, who share the common goal:

the conservation of marine turtles and their environment. The Conference presents a platform for enhancing collaboration, exchanging ideas and sharing the state of the art knowledge on sea turtle biology and conservation in the Mediterranean.

18-21 OCTOBER 2022, Tetouan, Morocco

Message from the President

Dear friends and colleagues,

It is my great pleasure and honour to invite you to our 7th Mediterranean Conference on Marine Turtles, scheduled for 18 - 21 October 2022, which is being organized by the University of Abdelmalek Essaadi, Faculty of Sciences_Tetouan and ATOMM. The Conference will take place in Morocco, in the city of Tetouan on the coast of the Western Mediterranean, one of the most important feeding and migratory habitats for Mediterranean sea turtles.

The city of Tetouan is one of Morocco's most famous tourist destinations with a diverse historical and cultural heritage. Tetouan is considered "the most Andalusian city in Morocco”. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the area contains beautiful landscapes and historical monuments. The logo of the 7th conference with the map of the Mediterranean Sea symbolizes the common history of peoples and our contemporary efforts aimed at the conservation of sea turtles and the marine environment.

Since the beginning, in 2001, our Mediterranean conferences have been supported by the UNEP MAP-RAC/SPA, Bern Convention, the Convention for Migratory Species, and now by US Fish and Wildlife Service. Their support will help us bring invited speakers, and provide travel and accommodation grants in order to make this conference available to as many of our colleagues as possible.

We will invite prominent colleagues working in the field of sea turtle conservation to discuss collaborative opportunities. This is why the theme of the 7th Conference is “Sea Turtles Conservation after the Pandemic”.

The conference venue is the Dream's Hotel, Tetouan (for reservations use this email: dreamsreservation@gmail.com), located 15 minutes away in Tetouan. The Dream's Hotel has a history of supporting environmental and conservation projects. They have offered us a good deal for congress facilities and accommodation for participants. There are several international airports nearby (Tangier and Tetouan Airports) and Taxi shuttles service from Tangier (1 hour) and Tetouan (15 minutes) to the Hotel.

I invite you all – students, professionals, and all who care about sea turtles and the future of the Mediterranean – to register and come to Tetouan for the 7th Mediterranean Conference on Marine Turtles. My team and I will do our best to make this Conference a memorable scientific, professional, and social event – the reunion of old friends with the new generation of sea turtle researchers and conservationists.

Looking forward to seeing you all in Tetouan!
On behalf of the Conference Organizing and Program Committees,

Mustapha Aksissou
President of the 7th Mediterranean Conference on Marine Turtles

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Organizers & Supporters

The conference will be organized and supported by the members of this committees.

President of conference
Mustapha Aksissou (Abdelmalek Essaâdi University, Morocco)
Organizing institutions
Abdelmalek Essaâdi University, Morocco Faculty of Sciences, Tetouan, Morocco Association de Protection des Tortues Marines au Maroc (ATOMM)
Conference secretary
Wafae Benhardouze (Abdelmalek Essaâdi University, Morocco)
Travel grant chair
Wafae Benhardouze (ATOMM – Association de Protection des Tortues Marines au Maroc)
Honorary committee
Bouchta El Moumni (President of University Abdelmalek Essaadi) Hinde Cherkaoui (Vice President of University Abdelmalek Essaadi) Abdellatif Moukrim (Dean of Faculty of Sciences, Tetouan) Noura Aknin (Vice Dean of Faculty of Sciences, Tetouan) Ahmed Atlamsani (Vice Dean of Faculty of Sciences, Tetouan) Mohammed Malouli Idrissi (INRH, Head Tanger Center)
Steering committee
Lobna Ben Nakhla (UNEP MAP-RAC/SPA) Mustapha Aksissou (University Abdelmalek Essaadi) Manjula Tiwari (NOAA-National Marine Fisheries Service) Nadia Saporito (Bern Convention)

Organizing committee
Abderrahmane Merzouki (UAE, Morocco) Anass Louah (UAE, Morocco) Assia Bouzerki (UAE, Morocco) Ahmed Taheri (UCD, Morocco) Bilal Mghili (UAE, Morocco) Bouchra Trari (UAE, Morocco) Boutaina Belqat (UAE, Morocco) El Hassan Sakar (UAE, Morocco) Fahd Darasi (UAE, Morocco) Kawtar Kettani (UAE, Morocco) Mustapha Aksissou (UAE, Morocco) Majida El Alami (UAE, Morocco) Mohamed Keznine (UAE, Morocco) Mohamed Rida Derdabi (UAE, Morocco) Mohamed Libiad (UAE, Morocco) Mohamed Rami (UAE, Morocco) Nard Bennas (UAE, Morocco) Rabia Ajana (UAE, Morocco) Soumia Fahd (UAE, Morocco) Wafae Benhardouze (UAE, Morocco) Younes Saoud (UAE, Morocco)

Are You Ready To Join the conference?

The registration for the conference is opened
The conference will be full of engaging talks and special events.

Scientific Committee

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Mustapha Aksissou
Abdelmalek Essaâdi University, Morocco
Mustapha Aksissou
Abdelmalek Essaâdi University, Morocco
Bojan Lazar
University of Primorska, Slovenia
Bojan Lazar
University of Primorska, Slovenia
Daniela Freggi
Lampedusa Turtle Rescue Center, Italy
Daniela Freggi
Lampedusa Turtle Rescue Center, Italy
Flegra Bentivegna
Zoological Station Anton Dohrn, Italy
Flegra Bentivegna
Zoological Station Anton Dohrn, Italy
Abdulmaula Hamza
University of Tripoli, Libya
Abdulmaula Hamza
University of Tripoli, Libya
Jesús Tomás
University of Valencia, Spain
Jesús Tomás
University of Valencia, Spain
Imed Jribi
University of Sfax, Tunisia
Imed Jribi
University of Sfax, Tunisia
Oguz Turkozan
Adnan Menderes University, Turkey
Oguz Turkozan
Adnan Menderes University, Turkey
Sandra Hochscheid
Zoological Station Anton Dohrn, Italy
Sandra Hochscheid
Zoological Station Anton Dohrn, Italy
Wafae Benhardouze
Abdelmalek Essaâdi University, Morocco
Wafae Benhardouze
Abdelmalek Essaâdi University, Morocco
Yakup Kaska
Pamukkale University, Turkey
Yakup Kaska
Pamukkale University, Turkey
Aliki Panagopoulou
Archelon, The Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece
Aliki Panagopoulou
Archelon, The Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece