Greece will host the next Mediterranean Conference on Marine Turtles
Since the beginning of 2001, the Mediterranean Marine Turtle Conferences have brought together participants from across the region and from across disciplines and cultures, who share the common goal of conserving sea turtles and their habitats. Several people from ARCHELON participated in this year’s 7th Mediterranean Conference on Marine Turtles, in the coastal town of Tetouan, Morocco, almost opposite Gibraltar. In total, there were more than 120 delegates from most Mediterranean countries, but also the U.S, Britain, Belgium.
The conference lasted 4 days and included 8 workshops, 37 posters and 92 oral presentations. The main topics covered: Pathology and Health, Nesting Biology, Outreach - Conservation- Management and Threats. The key note lectures of the conference were given by two respected members of the sea turtle scientific community: Earl Possard, the Sea Turtle Program Manager at the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service who talked about “The Preservation of Sea Turtles in the World”, and Dimitris Margaritoulis, the Founder of ARCHELON, who presented on “ Sea Turtles in the Mediterranean- personal reflections”.
Other people from ARCHELON presented on a series of significant subjects related to sea turtles, as shown in the Table below:
As in the previous Conferences, participants voted for the best presentation made by a student and the award-winning student was Hamet Mallat from Tunisia. Then, participants elected the President of the next conference who is no other than Aliki Panagopoulou, the Research Coordinator of ARCHELON! This means that the next Mediterranean Conference on Marine Turtles will be held in Greece in a couple of years. Congratulations to Aliki on her election and all the best for her new task!