Since 1983, the primary objective of ARCHELON,
the Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece has been to protect
the sea turtles and their habitats in Greece through monitoring
and research, developing and implementing management plans,
habitat restoration, raising public awareness and rehabilitating
sick and injured turtles.
|Joanne, what¢s new at the Rescue Center (May and June 2018)?|
Our volunteer at the Rescue Center Joanne Stournara updates us on the events in May and June 2018.
|The very first Caretta caretta hatchlings swim in the Laconian Gulf|
During the sunrise of Saturday, 14th July, volunteers of ARCHELON recorded over than twenty traces of tiny Caretta caretta hatchlings having found their way to the sea in the Laconian Gulf of Selinitsa beach.
|The first sea turtle nests hatched in Rethymno, Crete|
The hatching period for loggerhead nests on Crete made a start from Rethymno this year. ARCHELON’s volunteers found the first tracks of hatchlings successfully entering the sea, in the beach of Adelianos Kampos last Saturday.
|Satellite tags deployed in loggerhead turtles from southern Kyparissia Bay to study their inter-nesting and post-nesting movements!|
Mid June this year, ARCHELON’s team started a new, exciting project in southern Kyparissia Bay, funded by MAVA Foundation. Satellite tags were deployed in 9 loggerhead turtles in order to investigate their movements at sea.
|Bay of Laganas, Zakynthos: Attention to turtles at sea!|
ARCHELON informs us of everything we need to know before we board on a sea turtle watching boat trip, in order to avoid disturbing the animals in this area.
|POLYCASTE of Gialova and the seminars for sea turtle rescuers|
She was found hit on the head with a heavy tool, by beach visitors in Gialova beach, near the historic bay of Navarino in Peloponnese, Greece, mid-June this year.
|The return to the wild: invitation to an unforgettable experience Tuesday, July 3rd, Rethymno|
Everybody is invited to the release of "Anastasia" that will take place on Tuesday, July 3rd, at 11:00 am, in front of the Caramel Grecotel Boutique Resort in the Adele area of Rethymno.
|Joanne, what¢s new at the Rescue Center (March-April 2018)?|
Our volunteer at the Rescue Center Joanne Stournara updates us on the events in March-April 2018.
|First nests of the season also in Koroni!|
On 8 June the first Caretta caretta, sea turtle nests of Koroni this season were spotted on the beaches of Zaga and Memi with great joy by the ARCHELON volunteers during their morning survey.
|Tribute to World Sea Turtle Day, 16 June 2018|
Turtles or tourists? We can all live together.
This year, ARCHELON celebrates 35 years of contribution to sea turtle conservation. We hope that sea turtles will safely continue their travels and that, humans and turtles, we can all live together, in the years to come.
|A surprise for the visitors of Zakynthos¢ National Marine Park|
Upon completion of the relocation of a nest detected very near the sea on Kalamaki Beach by the ARCHELON volunteers a few hours earlier, the scheduled release of sea turtle named "Hermione” was held as planned on Monday, 4 June 2018.
|LESS PLASTIC IN THE SEAS – CAN WE?|
Plastic bags kill sea turtles...
|The first Caretta caretta nest of 2018 in Lakonikos Bay|
On May 27th, ARCHELON’s volunteers spotted the first sea turtle nest of Lakonikos Bay on Mavrovouni beach for the season.
|Protection of the Kyparassia Gulf in theory and in practice|
The Management Agency of Kotuchi-Strofilia and Kyparissia Gulf, ARCHELON, MEDASSET and WWF Hellas call for the adoption of measures for the permanent, official protection of the Kyparissia Gulf area after the recent violations which took place there.
|Two Caretta caretta nests with the beginning of the ARCHELON program in Chania!|
On May 22nd, during the first visit of the ARCHELON volunteers to the nesting beaches for 2018, two Caretta caretta nests were discovered. The nests were located in the areas of Agia Marina and Gerani and were marked for protection purposes.
|Rethymno¢s most ancient visitors have appeared for yet another year|
Earlier than in previous years, the Caretta caretta sea turtles appeared on the beaches of Rethymno to lay their eggs. The first nest of 2018 was located by the experienced ARCHELON volunteers in Adelianos Kampos on May 20th, while on the same day, tracks of a laying attempt were recorded within the city of Rethymno and in the Skaleta area.
|Speed races of 280 motorcycles on the protected beach and sand dunes of the southern Kyparissia Gulf, in the areas of Giannitsochori Ileias and Elaia Messinias|
The residents and visitors in the areas of Giannitsochori Ileias and Elaia Messinias, as well as the ARCHELON volunteers were unpleasantly surprised in the early hours of Tuesday, May 22nd 2018. Two-hundred and eighty motorized vehicles (motorcycles and four-wheeled motorcycles) traversed the beach for 5 hours, destroying the vegetation and dunes. The organizers were present at certain points of the route, indicating the exact route to the contestants, directly on the protected beach and the dunes.
|The Caretta protection theory is being realised in Rethymno|
On Wednesday, May 16th 2018, the annual reunion of services and actors on the most effective management of the Caretta caretta sea turtle reproduction habitat was realised, for the fourth time, at the beaches of Rethymno Gulf.
|Vast number of illegal interventions lead to degradation of natural environment in the Marine National Park of Zakynthos - negligence from the authorities|
Today is the European Day Natura 2000, and with that in mind, the environmental organizations ARCHELON, MEDASSET, MOm and WWF Hellas express their concern regarding the vast number of illegal interventions that have been observed inside the National Marine Park of Zakynthos in recent months, causing serious environmental degradation within the protected region, posing a serious risk to the sea turtle nesting beaches.
|The first Caretta caretta nest in the Kyparissiakos Gulf was made early this year!|
The first Caretta caretta nest for 2018 in the southern Kyparissia Gulf habitat was spotted by ARCHELON volunteers in the early hours on Sunday May 13th, near Vounaki. Nesting started a few days earlier this year, compared to previous years, with the turtles returning every year to the beach they hatched from many years ago.
|The first nest of Caretta in Zakynthos!|
The first sea turtle nest of 2018 within the National Marine Park of Zakynthos was located by the volunteers of ARCHELON on Sunday, May 13th, on the beach of Gerakas.
|ARCHELON, and Let¢s do it Greece participates in Glyfada¢s beach cleaning|
ARCHELON, acknowledging the great, worldwide problem of litter both on land and sea, participates every year with the aim to sensitize the public, raise awareness and contribute to the preservation of the environment.
|ARCHELON participates successfully at Street Relays 2018 again this year!|
Again this year, ARCHELON and its volunteers could not be absent from the sports events of “Vikos Street Relays 2018” at the beach of Glyfada, on Saturday the 21st April 2018.