The recently built Marine Turtle Research Centre and Gulf of Naples Observatory, inaugurated on 20 January 2017, is located inside the former municipal slaughterhouse of Portici and deals with the treatment of injured animals such as the Caretta caretta, the most common species of sea turtle in Mediterranean waters.

SCUBLA Srl is a specialized company that since 1978 designs and manufactures innovative systems tailored to help and protect aquatic species. Scubla has built several plants for the study and rehabilitation of sea turtles, and thanks to this consolidated experience has been entrusted with the design and supply of plants for this prestigious institute that enjoys international renown.
The Zoological Station Anton Dohrn in Naples is a historic scientific institution and research institution located in Villa Comunale, in the Chiaia district. The recently built Marine Turtle Research Centre and Gulf of Naples Observatory, inaugurated on 20 January 2017, is located inside the former municipal slaughterhouse of Portici and deals with the treatment of injured animals such as the Caretta caretta, the most common species of sea turtle in Mediterranean waters.

It is the largest and most modern centre in the Mediterranean, covering more than 600 m2 of indoor space and 7000 m2 of outdoor space, and is an exceptional example of urban regeneration.
It is equipped with advanced laboratories for environmental and biological analysis, an outpatient clinic with surgical and radiological rooms, a rich educational exhibition, two multimedia rooms as well as, of course, spaces dedicated to the care and rehabilitation of sea turtles injured by the interaction with human activities.
Visitors can observe the sea turtles in their rehabilitation tanks.
The wide multimedia spaces represent, finally, the occasion to deepen the treated themes and the researches carried out following, for example, the migrations of the sea turtles released after the rehabilitation.

The main objective of the research and teaching carried out in the Centre is to contribute to the conservation of ecosystems and sea turtles in the Mediterranean by releasing healed animals into the wild and after their full recovery.

The turtles treated in the Centre have often been very seriously injured, mainly by fishing gear, propellers or boats, and are extremely debilitated and undernourished due to unfavourable environmental conditions.
They usually require a lot of care and long periods of rehabilitation, and the number of animals to be rescued has increased exponentially in recent years.
To facilitate this, turtles are treated by specialized veterinarians according to strict protocols related to their biology and physiology, which also include the control of blood parameters and body weight.

Particular attention is paid to the rehabilitation phases, during which the turtles are kept under constant observation in the eleven independent recirculation systems that we at Scubla have designed, built and installed. Here is confirmed the ability of the animals to swim and to manage the periods of apnea and to control the trim.

The 28 rehabilitation tanks are fed with sea water in a closed circuit. The water is purified using mechanical filters, moving bed biological filters and skimmers, disinfected with UV rays and recirculated twice an hour. The temperature is regulated by heat pumps (18 – 24 ° C).
As recommended by the IUCN (World Union for Conservation of Nature), some animals after recovery are released and monitored using satellite transmitters in order to verify the success of their reintroduction, their survival in nature and to follow their migrations.
21 February 2019. Two years after its inauguration, the Marine Turtle Research Centre has opened its doors to the public and especially to schoolchildren. And it is already sold out until June: 30 thousand bookings from all over Italy and Europe.
The Anton Dohrn station in Naples, center of excellence for marine research and study, bets on children to save our seas from pollution and man.