|MEDITERRANEAN SEA TURTLES: their fate depends on the continuation of ongoing conservation measures|
A review of all available information for the two sea turtles breeding in the Mediterranean In (loggerhead turtle Caretta caretta and green turtle Chelonia mydas) was published recently. Three members of ARCHELON, D. Margaritoulis, A.Panagopoulou and A.F. Rees, participated in this work, presenting the most significant data that are collected in ARCHELON projects every year.
|Satellite tags deployed in loggerhead turtles from southern Kyparissia Bay to study their inter-nesting and post-nesting movements!|
Mid June this year, ARCHELON’s team started a new, exciting project in southern Kyparissia Bay, funded by MAVA Foundation. Satellite tags were deployed in 9 loggerhead turtles in order to investigate their movements at sea.
|The return to the wild: invitation to an unforgettable experience Tuesday, July 3rd, Rethymno|
Everybody is invited to the release of "Anastasia" that will take place on Tuesday, July 3rd, at 11:00 am, in front of the Caramel Grecotel Boutique Resort in the Adele area of Rethymno.
|The first Caretta caretta nest of 2018 in Lakonikos Bay|
On May 27th, ARCHELON’s volunteers spotted the first sea turtle nest of Lakonikos Bay on Mavrovouni beach for the season.
|Two Caretta caretta nests with the beginning of the ARCHELON program in Chania!|
On May 22nd, during the first visit of the ARCHELON volunteers to the nesting beaches for 2018, two Caretta caretta nests were discovered. The nests were located in the areas of Agia Marina and Gerani and were marked for protection purposes.
|Rethymno’s most ancient visitors have appeared for yet another year|
Earlier than in previous years, the Caretta caretta sea turtles appeared on the beaches of Rethymno to lay their eggs. The first nest of 2018 was located by the experienced ARCHELON volunteers in Adelianos Kampos on May 20th, while on the same day, tracks of a laying attempt were recorded within the city of Rethymno and in the Skaleta area.
|Speed races of 280 motorcycles on the protected beach and sand dunes of the southern Kyparissia Gulf, in the areas of Giannitsochori Ileias and Elaia Messinias|
The residents and visitors in the areas of Giannitsochori Ileias and Elaia Messinias, as well as the ARCHELON volunteers were unpleasantly surprised in the early hours of Tuesday, May 22nd 2018. Two-hundred and eighty motorized vehicles (motorcycles and four-wheeled motorcycles) traversed the beach for 5 hours, destroying the vegetation and dunes. The organizers were present at certain points of the route, indicating the exact route to the contestants, directly on the protected beach and the dunes.
|Vast number of illegal interventions lead to degradation of natural environment in the Marine National Park of Zakynthos - negligence from the authorities|
Today is the European Day Natura 2000, and with that in mind, the environmental organizations ARCHELON, MEDASSET, MOm and WWF Hellas express their concern regarding the vast number of illegal interventions that have been observed inside the National Marine Park of Zakynthos in recent months, causing serious environmental degradation within the protected region, posing a serious risk to the sea turtle nesting beaches.
|The first Caretta caretta nest in the Kyparissiakos Gulf was made early this year!|
The first Caretta caretta nest for 2018 in the southern Kyparissia Gulf habitat was spotted by ARCHELON volunteers in the early hours on Sunday May 13th, near Vounaki. Nesting started a few days earlier this year, compared to previous years, with the turtles returning every year to the beach they hatched from many years ago.
|The first nest of Caretta in Zakynthos!|
The first sea turtle nest of 2018 within the National Marine Park of Zakynthos was located by the volunteers of ARCHELON on Sunday, May 13th, on the beach of Gerakas.
|ARCHELON’s touching «Stories of 2017»|
In the hall of Impact Hub Athens, where the annual presentation of ARCHELON's programs was held on Thursday, February 15, 2018, one could find familiar as well as new faces of all ages, who had come to honor the event with their presence.
|A new starting point for the protection of nature in Greece|
The adoption of the bill on protected areas is an important milestone for the protection of the nature of the country, stressed by environmental organizations. What matters now is the way it is implemented, which will also determine its effectiveness.
|Increased protection of marine turtles on land and at sea with new Natura 2000 sites|
The European ecological network Natura 2000 is a network of nature protection zones that extends throughout the European Community and aims to ensure the long-term preservation of its most valuable and most endangered species and habitats.
|5th December, International Volunteer Day|
This year the society had the joy and honour to accept the help of hundreds of voluteers from all around the world, a fact that demonstrates that after all, offering your time with single exchange the ethical dimension of "give and take", has acquainted huge importance, in the hard times the planet goes through!
|Award to ARCHELON for contributing in the sustainable tourist development of Rethymno|
On the occasion of World Tourist Day and the event “Sustainable Tourism-Tool for development” the Tourist Development committee of Rethymno offered an award to ARCHELON , acknowledging its long-term, systematic and substantial contribution to environmental protection and Caretta caretta sea turtles in particular, the expansion of volunteerism, the promotion and tourist development of Rethymno.