Karsiyaka Turtle Watch host rafts made from rubbish this month in annual Society for the Protection of Turtles (SPOT) fundraising contest which puts to good use the plastic which is damaging all marine life.
The traditional and seventh contest will see rafts launched from Güzelyalı beach in a race to round a buoy and return.
Last year’s race was won by Team Efendi, with Martin Ashworth and his team taking the “best raft” award for Sparky 2 Lips, a catamaran made from old door frames, plastic containers and an old shower screen.
One entry, Stability, was knocked up and tested on the day in less than 20 minutes and consisted of six pool chemical containers held together with duct tape. Alagadi turtle project student volunteers dragged a giant 12m polyurethane pipe from the sea just days before last year’s race, which they stuffed with beach clean-up plastic and paddled astride to come in fifth.
A team from the annual sponsors Iktisat Bank, also joined in last year with a catamaran made from plastic barrels. Teams of four are invited to join the contest on Sunday, July 23 for a fee of 50TL, and teams of seven are also sought to compete in the event’s traditional tug-of war, entry to which is free.
Rafts will be judged at 10am and bookings may be made by phoning Karşıyaka Turtle Watch on 0533 873 9704. The group also offers the opportunity for people to come along and observe turtle nest excavations and hatchling releases, with no advance booking required.
By Anne Canalp for Cyprus Today