| ||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.
| ||17 June, World Day to Combat Desertification|
The World Day to Combat Desertification, celebrated each year on June 17, is part of an international campaign by the United Nations to tackle global environmental deterioration, in particular the degradation of drylands. The day marks the anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification.
| ||The best way to celebrate the WORD ENVIRONMENT DAY 2010|
5 surgical operations were conducted over the weekend (5-6 June 2010) covering every case. Some turtles had one hook (from small to big), some had more than one, and some had just the fishing line. All 5 turtles were successfully operated and were returned to their tanks the same day. They should be released in the next few weeks.
| ||A young artist dedicates her work to ARCHELON|
ARCHELON has always attracted a wide variety of talented individuals to its projects and one shining example of this is Katarina Bjorqvist. Katarina produced a series of 6 original postcard designs as a gift to ARCHELON and in support of our work.
| ||Dolphin, turtle deaths eyed for links to oil spill|
All of the deaths are being looked at as possible casualties of the oil gushing unchecked since April 20 from a ruptured wellhead on the floor of the Gulf off Louisiana because of their proximity in time and space to the spill.
| ||Peak Nesting of Endangered Sea Turtles Threatened by Oil Spill|
The recovery of endangered Kemp¢s ridley sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico faces a dramatic set-back as oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill impacts coastal areas during their peak migration to nesting beaches. Scientists and conservation workers that have invested decades of work towards the sea turtles¢ recovery are concerned about the growing impacts the oil slick and oiled beaches will have on these imperiled creatures.
| ||Turtles detect odours|