| ||Protecting the habitat of great significance "Thines Kyparissias" (Natura 2000 – GR 2550005)... by ploughing the dunes! |
The southern Kyparissia Bay has an increased ecological value due to the fact that it constitutes the second most important nesting area of the Caretta Carreta turtle in the Mediterranean Sea, an endangered species according to the 92/43/EOK directive, in need of strict protection (annexes II and IV of the same directive). The value of the section in question is also enhanced by the presence of an extensive dune ecosystem (included in the first annex of the aforementioned directive).
The latest habitat¢s downgrading incident occurred during the first days of April. Under the command of the company that is the proprietor of large coastal area between the villages of Agiannakis and Elaia, the protected dunes were ploughed resulting in the deforestation of the dune flora!!
| ||“Visiting” the Rescue Centre using Video Call (Skype)|
The students of Amaliada School adopted a sea turtle and really wanted to see its treatment. The distance between us was united by audiovisual communication via Skype. This way, the students were digitally “guided” through the area of Sea Turtle Rescue Centre, viewed the work of ARCHELON¢s volunteers and chatted with the Association¢s representatives.
| || ARCHELON in the 34th Annual International Convention of TESOL Greece|
On March 30 and 31, ARCHELON volunteers Jane Mantarakis and Joanne Stournara participated in the 34th Annual International Convention of TESOL Greece held at the Hellenic American Union in Athens At this event ARCHELON¢s exhibit was well-received.
| ||Negative indices do not discourage our efforts|
The Rescue Network, as an activity of the Sea Turtle Rescue Centre recorded in 2012 the highest number of dead turtles since the start of its operation. 584 turtles from Greece were reported dead and stranded. Most deaths were reported during the months of May and June in Eastern Macedonia, Western Greece and the Ionian islands. Unfortunately, half of the injured that were transferred to our Centre for treatment were seriously injured on the head by the “human hand”.
Our volunteer at the Rescue Centre Joanne Stournara updates us on the events between 12th February and 4th March 2013.
| ||REFLECTIONS ON THE 33rd ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM ON SEA TURTLES|
I just came back to Greece after attending the 33rd Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation that took place in Baltimore, USA, from 2 to 8 February 2013. The Symposium is organized by the International Sea Turtle Society (ISTS), and this year it was devoted to CONNECTIONS. Since I started working in conservation, I always gave a great deal about the human factor as we always work within communities. Whether we work with volunteers, local fisherman or school children we must get them involved. In order to find solutions connecting together is the only way to go.
| ||ARCHELON¢s New Year "Vasilopita" cutting|
This year we gathered, once again, on Wednesday, January 23rd, at the cosy loft of Pataki Publications¢ bookshop and kept the custom. Our member, Marianna Demetriou, found the lucky coin and thereby acquired a painting of the Finnish artist and volunteer of ARCHELON in Zakynthos island, Katarina Bjorkqvist, who has also designed the postcards of our Association.
| ||The determination to survive...|
“... the determination of these animals to survive and live ¡normally¢ despite the injuries they have suffered to be an inspiring example for us in these difficult times we are all experiencing.”...
Our volunteer at the Rescue Centre Joanne Stournara updates us on the events between 24th January - 11th February 2013
| ||Joanne, what¢s new at the Rescue Centre?|
Our volunteer at the Rescue Centre Joanne Stournara updates us on the events between 18th December 2012 – 23rd January 2013.
| ||The project of Sea Turtle Monitoring and Conservation in Laganas Bay, Zakynthos, Greece, during 2012|
...all problems occur because the turtle-spotting zone is not demarcated by law...
...It is urgent to issue a law for this extremely important internesting area for the sea turtle population in Laganas Bay. Otherwise, the initial idea for the turtle-spotting zone will very soon face a total failure. In recent years, uncontrolled turtle-spotting appears to be the most dangerous -potentially fatal- disturbance turtles are facing in Zakynthos!...
(Short report submitted to the European Commission, and the Bern Convention)
| ||Chania Crete, dramatic decrease in the number of nests during the last 20 years!|
It would be regrettable if all authorities didn¢t intensify their efforts to maintain the population of sea turtles in the gulf of Chania, as it constitutes an integral part and a balance index of the natural habitat in the area. May the 2.472 hatchlings that reached the sea safely in 2012, thanks to ARCHELON¢s protection measures, serve as a message of hope towards a new direction.
| ||60 Volunteers in Rethymno helped 11.667 hatchlings reach the sea|
The field programme held in the area of Rethymno, lasted 5 months and ended last October, offering us, for the year 2012, plenty of data as well as experiences on the population of sea turtles and the condition of the habitat, which accommodates the largest number of nests in Crete. In further detail...
| ||Messara, a plan of development and protection or a sacrifice in the name of short term profit?|
On the magnificent beach of south Crete, there is going to be a developmental plan across the coast region. However the question is which model of development is it going to be? The one that is integrated with natural environment and respects coastal ecosystem or the one that will sacrifice nature in the name of short term profit like the developmental model of north Crete?
| ||Joanne, what¢s new at the Rescue Centre?|
Our volunteer at the Rescue Centre Joanne Stournara updates us on the events between 1st – 17th December 2012.
| ||You can help set them free!|
During the past year, approximately 70 injured turtles were brought to the ARCHELON Rescue Centre in Glyfada, Attiki from all over the country.
The most common injuries are caused by intentional head hits speed boats, fishing net entanglement and hook ingestion which is removed with surgery.
| ||South Gulf of Kyparissia: A unique habitat in need of immediate protection |
During the last 30 years, Archelon has been active in the south gulf of Kyparissia with the aim of studying and protecting sea turtles and their breeding habitats. Since 1983, members of the Society¢s researching team and volunteers from all over the world live in the area¢s Research Field Station throughout the entire period of nesting and hatching of the young turtles and during that time, they proceed to record the reproduction activity of the sea turtles, tag the adult individuals, fence the nests so as to prevent their hunting and inform both residents and visitors of the area.
| ||Environmental education report for the school year 2011-2012|
As every year, the Report on the Environmental Education program of ARCHELON has been written. This report includes details about the participants, presenters of hundreds of presentations as well as the areas that they took place. It also presents the objectives of the program and the preparation of the material and how to accommodate thousands of spectators either at the Sea Turtle Rescue Centre in Glyfada (third Marina) or at the environmental protection stations located near our programs at the nesting areas.