Sustainable planetActions for the protection and conservation of sea turtles and their habitats.

Rescue and rehabilitation of injured sea turtles, Monitoring of nesting areas and research, Volunteering, Public awareness, Environmental education.

40 Years of ARCHELON

This year marks 40 years of ARCHELON’s actions protecting the sea turtles in Greece!

Learn more about our vision, mission and how it all started.

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There is always something going on at ARCHELON

Find out about the events we organize and our latest actions as we vigorously continue the work of studying, rescuing and protecting sea turtles in Greece!

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    Coordination for the protection of sea turtles in Rethymno: Local authorities and tourism businesses join forces

    The meeting, which took place on April 5, 2024, in the building of the Regional Unit of Rethymno, touched upon key issues, such as the observance of conservation measures for the protection of the Loggerhead sea turtle. Given the tourist activity on the nesting beaches, the active participation of the tourism sector in the implementation of the measures is necessary.

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    "Tourists and turtles?" The environmental awareness campaign of ARCHELON spreads to the nesting beaches of the Loggerhead sea turtle

    After the pandemic, ARCHELON - the Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece - is once again mobilizing on the path to sustainable tourism. The aim of the new campaign is to provide information on the appropriate code of conduct for visitors to all nesting beaches, in cooperation with the tourism sector.

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    LIFE MareNatura - The largest marine biodiversity program in Greece

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    Citizens inform us of sea turtle strandings

    ARCHELON started the effort to record the incidents of dead turtles washing up on the Greek shores in 1992. In recent years there has been an increase in these records which may be due to more of our fellow citizens reporting such incidents. Learn more…

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    Contributing to international developments on sea turtle research and conservation

    In the past, members of ARCHELON were actively involved in the elaboration of the Global Strategy for the Conservation of Marine Turtles, published in 1995, and nowadays three of our collaborators participate in the writing of the revised guidebook “Research and Management Techniques for the Conservation of Sea Turtles”.

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What we do

Our Accounts for 2023

2023 passed by in a way that was both intense and difficult on the sea turtle nesting beaches in the Peloponnese, Zakynthos, Crete, and the Rescue Centre in Glyfada. We are grateful for the irreplaceable contribution of all 540 volunteers who came from afar and near to complete 40 years of sea turtle protection!

Volunteers at the loggerhead nesting beaches recorded and protected approximately 10,300 nests in a total of 70 km of nesting beach and talked with more than 70,740 people about sea turtle conservation.

The ARCHELON Rescue Centre in Glyfada continued to tirelessly rehabilitate injured and sick sea turtles throughout the year. There were 45 new arrivals, mostly loggerheads and one green turtle, while 22 recovered turtles returned to their natural habitat after getting fully recovered.

Environmental awareness activities with visitors and supporters at the Rescue Centre continued. Information about sea turtles was spread through the 241 live school visits from all across Attica and the 102 online tours even in the most remote regions of Greece.

The record number of nests required countless hours of work under the hot sun, and it was more crucial than ever that the nesting beaches' protection measures were followed. We are grateful for the support we received from old and new friends, donors, sponsors, collaborating organizations, and the hard work of our staff. By working together, we were able to help the sea turtles and play our part for a more sustainable planet!

The challenges for the marine environment will persist in 2024; however, the Mediterranean is our responsibility and united we are ready to defeat them.

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Sea turtles in the Rescue Centre

The Sea Turtle Rescue Center has been operating since 1994 in Glyfada, Attica, next to the sea. It was founded by ARCHELON with the support of the Municipality of Glyfada and the Ministry of the Environment and is one of the first Sea Turtle Rescue Centers in the Mediterranean and the only one in Greece. Its purpose is the treatment and rehabilitation of injured and sick sea turtles and their release back to the sea. You can symbolically adopt one or more injured turtles at the Rescue Center, contributing to the costs of their care and feeding. And of course you can come and see them at the Rescue Centre, or you can be informed from our website about their progress and their release.

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