The long term study of loggerhead turtles at the important foraging area of Amvrakikos Gulf, initiated by ARCHELON in 2002, yielded important results. After 14 years of marking 700 turtles with flipper tags and of applying satellite transmitters, it was concluded that the loggerheads foraging in Amvrakikos Gulf reproduce mostly on Greek nesting beaches and mainly in Zakynthos.
One turtle migrated in the easternmost Mediterranean and possibly nested in Turkey. The genetic study of collected tissue samples verified that Amvrakikos turtles originate mainly from Greek nesting beaches (86%), and mostly from Zakynthos (63%), with the remaining 14% from the wider area of eastern Mediterranean (Cyprus, Turkey, Libya). The above conclusions specify one more reason to conserve the ecosystem of Amvrakikos Gulf, the adequate management of which will assist the conservation of the declining Zakynthos turtle population.
The relevant study has been recently published in the journal Marine Biology by Dr Alan Rees, member of the ARCHELON Scientific Committee. The entire publication is posted HERE.