Protection of Nesting activity in Peloponnesus
Koroni, a beautiful coastal town of Messinia,
is located at the southwestern end of the Messinian Gulf
and is about 50 km away from Kalamata. It has about 2,000
inhabitants, most of who are engaged in agriculture, fishing
and tourism, while it is estimated that during the summer
months its population exceeds the 10,000, since because
of its beauty, it is one of the major tourist destinations
of Messinia. Koroni is famous for its Venetian castle that
looms over the city, its special picturesqueness which
is due to not only its unique geographical position, but
also its architectural composition and the golden beaches
that surround it.
The significance of the Zaga - Memi beach
in Koroni (2.7 km long) for the reproduction of the sea-turtle
Caretta caretta had been identified since the late 80's.
It is a crowded beach that hosts an average of 40 nests
every year. Since 1995 ARCHELON conducts each summer a
project aiming the record and the protection of the nests.
The reproductive activity begins in early June and ends
in the middle of September. During this period, especially
from 5 June through 15 September,
with the participation of volunteers from around the world,
ARCHELON conducts the following activities:
- Morning observation, during which reproductive
activity is recorded daily.
- Nest protection
from human activity and predation by mammals (foxes,
dogs etc.), which is done by enclosing and marking
the nests and by shading them, where necessary.
- Excavation of nests after the exit of
the hatchlings in order to estimate the number of them
that left the nest.
- Public awareness by operating a seasonal
information station in the city center, by organizing
information slide shows in tourist facilities and camping
of the area, as well as by conducting beach patrols
in order to raise the bathers' awareness
Volunteers can spend their free time having
sea baths, attend one of each kind of cultural events that
take place daily in Koroni, carefree browse the quaint
streets of the city with their special houses and cobblestone
streets and of course visit the neighboring beautiful cities
in the region (Methoni Finikounda, Pylos, Gialova) where
history and ancient monuments meet the rich natural beauty
with many protected species of flora and fauna.