| ||A turtle from Kyparissia Bay looses her hind flipper in Italy|
Last October the propeller of a boat in the Gulf of Taranto, Italy, hit a loggerhead turtle and cut her hind flipper. The turtle swam away bleeding and the people on the boat could not do more besides to collect the cut flipper. With some surprise they realized that the flipper bore a plastic tag of ARCHELON!
| ||ARCHELON and Aqua Divers Club helps more Sea Turtles to be returned to the sea|
It was already November when Chris, Michail and Jiannis - three sea turtles - started their journey back to the sea.
Aqua Divers Club supports the work of ARCHELON - The Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece, by releasing the Sea Turtles that were being treated in the Sea Turtle Rescue Centre in Glyfada.
| ||Archelon cooperation with ISKA|
Here in Chania, we are coming to the end of our first full season of cooperation with ISKA (The International Society of the Kissamoss Area) – a group of foreign people (mainly English) who have retired or relocated to Crete.
... Although the season had a slow start, ISKA were eventually able to protect 17 nests in total, and so far, over 1000 baby turtles have made their way to sea.!!
| ||The Athens Classic Marathon 2010|
Γειά σας, φίλοι μου! I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your wonderful messages of support and encouragement in the lead up to the Athens Classic Marathon. I have been overwhelmed by the level of support from people here in Greece, as well as friends and family around the world. The race itself was, without doubt, one of the most incredible experiences of my life. This year marked the 2,500th anniversary of the famous Battle of Marathon in 490 BC, so the organising committee was determined to put on a magnificent show. I want to congratulate and thank all the organisers, staff and volunteers who made it a day to remember. The support was nothing short of spectacular. Tens of thousands of people lined the route from Marathon to Athens, cheering us on, waving flags and handing out olive branches – the ancient Greek symbol of victory and peace.
| ||“Nikitas” (turtle) passed away |
Many sea turtles die each year by entrapment or injury caused by fishing nets and longlines. Most of them are found dead by fishermen or stranded on the beach. The death of a turtle at the Sea Turtle Rescue Centre is a specially sad event for the volunteers that treat them daily. About 40% of the injured turtles that arrive here are heavily injured and finally succumb to their injuries.
| ||Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict|
The United Nations General Assembly established this Day in order to strengthen awareness and vigorously prevent or condemn warfare that deliberately exploits or destroys the environment. In taking this action, the UN General Assembly considered that any environmental damage in times of armed conflict impairs ecosystems and natural resources long after the period of conflict. This damage can often extend beyond the limits of national territories and today’s generation.
| ||CONTINUING THE TAGGING WORK IN AMVRAKIKOS BAY|
Since 2004 ARCHELON runs two expeditions per year in Amvrakikos Bay, western Greece. Through these expeditions it was proved that the Bay comprises an important foraging area for loggerhead turtles in the Mediterranean. The project, run by ARCHELON’s long time volunteer and past Scientific Officer Mr ALan Rees, consists mainly of capturing the turtles in the water, by jumping on them from a small boat, and measuring and tagging them. The last expedition was realized from 8 through 11 September 2010.
| ||“Rafael” from Zakynthos was released|
“Rafael” is a juvenile sea turtle found in early April within the small port of Agios Sostis in the bay of Laganas, Zakynthos, trapped in fishing longline.
“Rafael” is the only live injured sea turtle found this year in Zakynthos. It is worth mentioning that in 2010 a reduction in sea turtle deaths related to marine human activity, like fishing and the use of speedboats, has been observed in the area of Zakynthos.
| ||Seven monitoring research projects for Caretta caretta during 2010, with ARCHELON support|
For 28 years, ARCHELON has been running monitoring projects where the sea turtles’ nesting activity is recorded. During these projects, several “discoveries” have been made that have increased our knowledge on the complex biology and ecology of these marine reptiles that spend most of their lives at sea yet need to come on land to lay their eggs. Further, many research projects are undertaken aiming to study the effects of fisheries and tourism on marine turtles while others focus on social issues. ARCHELON in collaboration with Greek and international Universities and Research Institutes promotes research on these unique animals.
| ||People to People Crete 2010|
This summer the ARCHELON Environmental Centre of Pagalohori (Rethymno, Crete) played host to over 400 Student Ambassadors ranging from 14 – 18 years old. The Ambassadors were visiting Greece from America as part of the People to People program.
| ||Turtle rescue in Koroni|
On Saturday, September 25 2010, residents of Koroni located an adult sea turtle trapped in a mass of fishing nets, buoys, ropes, and rubbish floating off the beach of Artaki.
| ||A modern Marathoner helps raise money for ARCHELON|
During the course of his training for this historic race, Duncan Howitt-Marshall hopes to raise sponsorship for the hardworking staff and volunteers at ARCHELON, and work towards raising further awareness for sea turtle protection and marine conservation issues in the Mediterranean. He would be hugely grateful for any support you would like to give.
| ||“ALIEN” TAG CONFIRMS THE COUNTER MIGRATION OF LOGGERHEAD TURTLES FROM THE NORTHERN ADRIATIC TO KYPARISSIA BAY|
A basic work in the context of ARCHELON’s summer projects is the tagging of sea turtles. This is done by experienced project members on a nesting beach as soon as a sea turtle finishes her egg laying.
| ||BUILDING OUTSIDE PLANNED SETTLEMENTS DESTROYS THE COUNTRYSIDE OF GREECE|
ARCHELON express its solidarity to the Minister of the Environment for the starting of public dialogue for the gradual restriction of the so-called “building outside existing settlements”.
| ||Students from UK take part in a challenging programme|
This summer, a group of 23, 16-18 year old students from Kesgrave Highschool (near Ipswich, UK) visited Kyparissia Bay to take part in a challenging programme designed to stretch the group, and assist the Kyparissia Project during one of its busiest periods.
| ||Three nests in Finikounda|
Three sea turtle nests have been found on the beach of Finikounda this summer. The first one was found on the 10th of July and the other two on the 22nd of July. All three were found after beach visitors saw sea turtle tracks in the morning and notified ARCHELON, the Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece.