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 23 May, World Turtle Day and five simple ways to protect sea turtles!

On 23 May 2011, the eleventh annual World Turtle Day is celebrated.
Turtles all over the world face huge obstacles to survival. Sea Turtles in particular are threatened with extinction, and officially appear in the Red Book of Greek Endangered Animals.
Every day, each of us makes choices about what were going to eat or buy, and how were going to spend our time. Lets look at five simple things we can all do to protect sea turtles, which are so very vulnerable and threatened today.

 31st Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation

This year, the symposium took place in the USA in the city of San Diego in California. As stated by its president, Jeffrey Seminoff, “the Symposium has reached out to a broad range of sea turtle enthusiasts over the years, including researchers, conservation practitioners, educators, industry, and the general public”.

 A group of sixth grade pupils witness the degradation of our environment as a result of road construction

On Saturday, April 2nd 2011, a group of sixth grade pupils visited the Environmental Centre at Agiannaki, Messinia on a one-day educational school trip.
After attending the Centres educational presentation, pupils had a chance to experience a unique kind of lesson, one in which they witnessed the problems faced by sea turtles firsthand. As they walked towards the Gulf of Kyparissia (the second most important nesting beach of Mediterranean sea turtles), they saw road-building vehicles at work. The machines were destroying the highly significant sand dune ecosystem and using the sand for the construction of the road.

 The Sea Turtle Rescue Centre in Glyfada and the Turtles of the Aegean Sea.

The Sea Turtle Rescue Centre was built by ARCHELON in 1994 with the help of the Municipality of Glyfada, where it is located. Injured turtles are sent here from all coastal areas of Greece with the help of fishermen, locals, and the port police who find them and arrange their transportation.
There are currently 15 turtles at the Sea Turtle Rescue Centre, with a variety of injuries and durations of stay. The following paragraphs are a short presentation of 8 turtles which were found in the Northern, Central and Southern Aegean Sea, written by the volunteers who treat them.

 Turtles from Western Greece currently treated at the Rescue Centre in Glyfada

Most sea turtles are injured by being accidentally caught in fishing nets or on large fishing hooks. A significant number is further injured by deliberate injuries from the fishermen that catch them, and these injuries are mostly on the head. Some fishermen deliver injured sea turtles to the port police, while others put them back in the water to be found later on the nearby coasts. Those who are lucky enough are found while they are still alive and with the help of locals and the port police they are transferred to the Sea Turtle Rescue Centre in Glyfada. All injured turtles are given a name by the people who find them or by the volunteers that receive them and attend to their treatment. Some turtles are adopted by people who wish to support our work financially; this is significant help to our difficult and expensive task, since the government and its agencies which are responsible for these animals offer very little financial help.


ARCHELON took part in the tour for the European Year of Volunteering of 2011 with its representatives mr. Theodoros Benos Palmer, ms. Theoni Karkoulia and the voluntary contribution of ms. Barbara Donou.
The event entitled "Environmental Protection and Animal Protection" organized by the General Secretariat of Youth was held on Monday, March 21, 2011 at the Technopolis, Gazi in Athens.


During this difficult period in time, the supply of medical products for the treatment of the injured turtles at the ARCHELON Rescue Centre in Glyfada, consists of great relief to those who work for their survival.
PAUL HARTMANN Hellas A.E. has covered ARCHELONS annual needs of medical products for the treatment of the injured sea turtles, involving bandages, disposable gloves, and surgical robes.

 Communication Program Presentation 2010 of ARCHELON

The Communication Program Presentation 2010 of ARCHELON regarding the Mass Media,
was held on the 20th February at the Sea Turtle Rescue Centre in Glyfada, during the annual Program Presentation 2010.
Many visitors including friends, supporters, members, and volunteers of all ages honored us by attending the event. All presentations displayed interesting facts which either impressed or even surprised a few by their statistics. In some fields, 2010 proved to be “satisfying”, while others could not remain unaffected by the recent difficult circumstances.

 Archelons Second Meeting With The 8th Primary Public School Of Glyfada Regarding The “Fishermen & Sea Turtles” Program

This meetings intention was to visit a local super market and fish market in order to observe and record all fished species, including fish and other sea food. The pupils were very eager and happy to fill in their assignment forms with full details on the fishs characteristics, like the species, shape, dimensions and their location origin.

 Proposals of the NGOs CAMPAIGN FOR THE CONSTITUTION AND INSTITUTIONS to the Greek Parliaments Committee on Institutions and Transparency, relating to the regulation of volunteerism and NGOs

On 22 February 2011, Nicholas Raissis was one of the participants at the meeting of the Greek Parliaments Committee on Institutions and Transparency relating to Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs). Mr. Raissis, who had been invited to attend, is one of the coordinators of the NGOs Campaign for the Constitution and Institutions, and is an experienced member of the group Civil Society. The Committee of thirteen Members of Parliament, chaired by Miltiades Papaiannou (PASOK), First Vice-Chair Panagiotis Tragakis (ND), Second Vice-Chair Liana Kanelli (KKE) and Secretary Ioannis Korantis (LAOS), heard Mr. Raississ proposals, which are presented below.

 ARCHELON introduces technology in its projects

ARCHELON every year does an effort to improve its projects. During 2010 nesting season all nest locations were precisely recorded with the help of GPS devices. A result of this was to have the geographical coordinates of all turtle nests made at the nesting areas of Greece.

 A spear gun fisherman saves Christos in Leros

The caretta caretta “Christos”, of weight 9kg and carapace length 40.4cm, is our newest arrival at the Rescue Centre and was rescued by Christos Kondogiorgakis, a spear gun fisherman off the west coast of the island of Leros on the afternoon of February 4th 2011. She was spotted in the bay of Drimona entangled underwater to a rock by a fishing line prodding from her beak.

 ARCHELON cut the New Year Pie for 2011

Each year, on the last Sunday of January, we get together to cut the New Year Pie. We all declare our presence to this established event, not as a ceremonial obligation, but as a joyful gathering. It is simply a desire to re-unite, share our thoughts and dreams, set our common goals for the present and future. For a better new year!!

 The EVS Volunteers of the Sea Turtle Rescue Center

ARCHELON cooperates with the European Voluntary Service (EVS) for many years. With this cooperation ARCHELON has the chance to host long time volunteers something that is very important for the right protection of sea turtles. Volunteers have come from various countries like Finland, Sweden, UK, Germany, Austria, France, Hungary, Polland etc.

 The Sea Turtle Damaskinia is our latest arrival at the ARCHELON Rescue Centre

The Sea Turtle “Damaskinia” is our latest arrival at the ARCHELON Rescue Centre in Glyfada. She is the 15th “patient” at the moment and is being treated by the staff and volunteers of the Centre. Each day of her stay at the Centre requires 2 Euros for food and 3 Euros for medicine and medical care.
We request you support the treatment of “Damaskinia” and the rest of the turtles, by adopting them until their release!! By donating 150 Euros a month you guarantee their complete medical treatment and recovery. You may visit “Damaskinia” and the rest of the Sea Turtles every weekend between
11:00 – 17:00 at the Rescue Centre, which is located at the 3rd Marina of Glyfada.


Now ARCHELON has started accepting applications for 2011 summer projects.
Volunteers are welcomed to apply online for the projects in Zakynthos, Peloponnese (Kyparissia and Koroni) and Crete (Rethymno, Chania and Messara).