Our news

 Joanne, whats new at the Rescue Centre?
Our volunteer at the Rescue Centre Joanne Stournara updates us on the events between 18 June - 15 July 2014.

 First hatchlings to reach the sea in Dafni Beach at Zakynthos, 2014
Hatching season has begun once more, with Fafni beach being the first to begin in Zakynthos. Although in relative delay compared to Messara Bay in Crete and Kyparissia Bay in Peloponnese, on the night of July 26th 2014, six baby turtle begun their dangerous life journey, following the light of the stars and leaving its traces on the sand as a pleasant surprise for the morning observers of the beach, the ARCHELON morning survey team, working in collaboration with the Management Agent of the  National Marine Park of Zakynthos.

 Joanne, whats new at the Rescue Centre?
Our volunteer at the Rescue Centre Joanne Stournara updates us on the events between 18 May-19 June 2014.

 Double sea turtle rescue in Lakonikos Bay with the help of ARCHELONs volunteers and friends
On Thursday, 24th July volunteers of the program were informed by tourists that not one, but two turtles had been entangled in nets at sea near Elia. With the valuable help of ARCHELON friends, who rushed to the area by boat, they managed to remove the net from the turtles flippers and neck, and eventually set them free.

This year again the Sea Turtle Rescue Center had hosted EVS volunteers who are great support to the rehabilitation of injured sea turtles. Johnsen Markus, a volunteer from Sweden, has spent almost 5 months in Greece in the context of EVS programme and wanted to share his, up to now, experience with us. Thus below you can find his answers to some questions about his participation.

 The execrable death of a Caretta Caretta sea turtle in Kissamos village, Chania
A dead sea turtle lying on the beach with the harpoon of a spear gun on the carapace is the worst impression that can ever be made to the surprised tourists during summer months (dead or injured turtles are being washed up on beaches), who often wonder how it is possible that there is such brutality, impunity and lack of education in a country of democracy and culture.

 "Evelin Divers" and "ARCHELON": together we can do more!
Collaboration is a very beautiful thing. Let alone when it is genuine, selfless and arises from actual sensitivity for the sea, marine life and thus the man. The Diving School "velin Divers" supports ARCHELONs field project in Rethymno and not only, with many and varied actions.

 Trip to Sounio-Lavrion
On Saturday 31st May a group of ARCHELONs volunteers went to Cape Sounio to the temple of Poseidon and to the ancient theatre of Thoriko in Lavrion. We would really like to thank our tour guide Dimitra Potsika for giving us free tour in all these places.

 World Ocean Day 08/06 - Volunteers raised awareness about the threats to the Greek shoreline
For World Ocean Day on 8th June, the volunteers of the Zakynthos project had planned a special event to raise awareness about the threats to the Greek shoreline. Visitors of Crystal Beach in Kalamaki were invited to show their support for this cause by having their photo taken with the #aigialosSOS sign and had the opportunity to write a personal message in their picture.

 Joanne, whats new at the Rescue Centre?
Our volunteer at the Rescue Centre Joanne Stournara updates us on the events during 1-17 May 2014.

 2014 World Turtle Day Event at the ARCHELON Rescue Centre in Glyfada
When the front gate of the Rescue Centre opened on Sunday, 1 June 2014, at 11.00 am, enthusiastic visitors were already lined up, eager to come in to take part in the annual ARCHELON celebration of World Turtle Day. Every year, the programme offers a variety of different educational arts and crafts activities, exhibitions, and theatrical performances especially designed for children but also enjoyed by adults as well.

 International Sea Turtle Symposium 2014
This year, the symposium took place in the beautiful city of New Orleans, Louisiana in the United States from the 10th and the 17th of April. The theme of this Symposium was "Cultures," in honour of all the cultures that have interacted and continue to interact today with sea turtle populations around the world.

 Joanne, whats new at the Rescue Centre?
Our volunteer at the Rescue Centre Joanne Stournara updates us on the events during the months of March and April 2014.

 Incapacitating Messara's future
Apart from the documented arbitrariness, deliberate destruction of ecosystems of national importance so as to satisfy petty and electioneering purposes, is a very sad fact. The action of Festos municipality can not be considered to facilitate long-term interests of the local community since it destroys an important nature and potential tourist resource.

 Starting a new rehabilitation season!
ARCHELON, has been active on the field for 30 years, protection not only the endangered sea turtles but also their environment for the benefit of all. During the same time the ARCHELON Rescue Center has started to expand wherever possible to cope with a large number of injured that will be admitted during the summer. An average of 60 turtles will arrived in our facilities during a single year

 Support of maritime transportations for ARCHELON from MINOAN LINES for the programs of South Crete for 2014
Our cooperation with MINOAN LINES had begun some years ago, when the company had proceeded to a 2-year funding of the ARCHELON program in Messara of Heraklion Crete. The Cretan shipping company “MINOAN LINES” continues to provide us with its support with different yet equally important ways. Under its sponsorship program, the company has been offering a discount to our Association since 2011, facilitating the annual transportation of our executives for the ARCHELON program in southern Crete.