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.
|500 nests of the Caretta caretta sea turtles in Zakynthos!|
ARCHELON, the Sea Turtle Society of Greece, is delighted to announce that nest numbers have reached 500 on the island of Zakynthos. This period is considered the most important for the reproduction of the species as it records the highest levels of spawning.
|Joanne, what¢s new at the Rescue Centre (June 2017)?|
Our volunteer at the Rescue Centre Joanne Stournara updates us on the events in June 2017.
|Joanne, what¢s new at the Rescue Centre (May 2017)?|
Our volunteer at the Rescue Centre Joanne Stournara updates us on the events in May 2017.
|Our LIFE EUROTURTLES project: «Love is the goal. LIFE is the journey»|
The project has already begun since September 2016. It is a European LIFE project, in which ARCHELON is one of the main Beneficiaries and represents Greece. Altogether 9 beneficiaries from 6 countries (Greece, Italy, Malta, Slovenia, Croatia, Cyprus) are participating jointly to protect nests in nesting areas using new technologies
|Participation of ARCHELON at the MedPAN marine turtle exchange visit|
The aim of this exchange visit was to create a Mediterranean network for sharing knowledge and information on protection and management issues of sea turtles in Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas.
|Joanne, what¢s new at the Rescue Centre (April 2017)?|
Our volunteer at the Rescue Centre Joanne Stournara updates us on the events in April 2017.
|The Cretan hospitality has welcomed the first nest of 2017|
After a long waiting, restless efforts and patience the researchers of ARCHELON in Rethymno, recorded on 4 June in the morning, the first nest of 2017 in Crete, in the region Sfakaki.
|The rain did not prevent the celebration of World Turtle Day|
Though the rain was unstoppable and the temperature was considerably low, about 350 people left their home to participate in the celebration that we organize each year on the last Sunday of May.
|The first Caretta caretta nest for 2017 in Lakonikos bay|
During the early morning of Wednesday, 31st May 2017, the first Caretta caretta nest was laid in Lakonikos bay, and more specifically on the beach of Mavrovouni.
|Volunteers are the motivating force of ARCHELON¢s work and achievements|
From the first day of its foundation, ARCHELON welcomes volunteers from all over the world. People of different ages, interests, nationalities and habits. The volunteers are those who compose the nature of ARCHELON over thirty-four years now and they are the motivating force of its actions and its heritage.
|Dead sea turtle in Zakynthos|
The team found this very recently dead loggerhead sea turtle Caretta caretta which had ingested a large long-line fishing hook that had become lodged in the turtles throat. Worldwide, and in the Mediterranean, interactions with coastal fisheries are the greatest cause of death for sea turtles.
|The first nest of loggerhead sea turtle in the Peloponnese!|
On the very early hours of Monday, May 22nd, during morning survey, the volunteers of ARCEHLON located the first Caretta caretta nest in Kyparissiakos bay and more specifically near the Vounaki area.
|Students of the Peloponnese learn about ARCHELON and the marine environment|
The nesting season is just around the corner and here in Kyparissiakos bay, ARCHELON is more than ready to greet the nesting turtles. Meanwhile, our educational programs just started last week, whose target audience is students of all ages.
|Two Ambassadors join their forces for ARCHELON|
ARCHELON Ambassadors, such as Sicily and Lydia, assist in our enormous efforts of making the dream reality each year for the monitoring and protection of sea turtles and their habitats.
|The first nest of Caretta- Caretta in Zakynthos!|
One of the most important events concerning the sea turtle, Caretta- caretta, is the first nest of the season, which was located on the island of Zakynthos on the 16th of May at the Gerakas nesting beach. The first nest was found by volunteers of ARCHELON.
|ARCHELON's summer field programs have begun!|
Each year, ARCHELON's summer field programs commence, following the completion of the Field Leaders Training Seminar, who are ready for action, traveling to Caretta caretta sea turtle’s most important reproductive habitats of our country for the purpose of studying and protecting them.