A successful year for Loggerhead nesting in Koroni- thanks to all our friends
Every summer since 1995 ARCHELON carries out the loggerhead sea turtle conservation project at the sea turtle nesting beach Zaga-Memi in Koroni, (south Peloponnese). The volunteers and researchers of ARCHELON walk 2.7 kilometers every day during the nesting season to protect and monitor each nest. In 2022, the team recorded and protected approximately 106 nests, and thousands of baby turtles found their way to the sea.
The Field leader who trained and coordinated the volunteers was Emma Mclarin. "I’m thankful to Emma and all the volunteers who took part in the sea turtle conservation project in 2022. With their efforts many nests and hatchlings were protected and the message for nature conservation reached many people in the area”, says Thanos Michailidis, the Project Officer for south Peloponnese of ARCHELON.
Sunbeds, bright lights, noise, and the presence of humans on the beaches during the night make it difficult for sea turtles to nest. In addition to these, the team faced another challenge: “Water sprinklers were installed in the field at the back of the nesting beach, which made the sand wet and compact. Compacted sand can result in lower nest temperatures and may affect the hatching of the eggs, or, even if hatching occurs, hatchlings may not be able to get out of their nest” explains Thanos. “For this reason, ARCHELON researchers moved the endangered nests to safe places, following a specific protocol. I hope there will be no such problems next year”, he adds.
About 4,000 people participated in the public awareness activities organized by ARCHELON with presentations in hotels, on the sea turtle nesting beaches and at the Information Station in the town. The ARCHELON project in Koroni has many friends.
We are grateful to the Municipality of Pylos-Nestoros for their support and for providing storage space to the ARCHELON team in Koroni, and to the camping “Koroni” for hosting all the volunteers in this year's project.
If you are interested in protecting the sea turtles in the conservation project of Koroni, you can find out more and apply here!