15/12/2023

Messages of love from the world turtle community!

Celebrating ARCHELON's 40th Anniversary we have received warm messages from the turtle community worldwide

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My hearty congratulations for all your contributions to marine turtle conservation and science!

Professor Frank V. Paladino, President of The Leatherback Trust, Director of The Marine Conservation & Biology Center of Excellence, Purdue University, USA

CONGRATULATIONS! A few years ago, after reading Anna's book "This is what I would like to tell you" (marking the 30th anniversary) I was convinced more than ever that ARCHELON should have permanent support from the EU - and the UN-, and moreover. Every delegation of these auspicious international organizations must participate in at least a couple days' fieldwork every year with ARCHELON volunteers. There could be no better way to build and strengthen much needed collaboration between diverse people.

Dr Jack Frazer, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA

Congratulations ARCHELON! For many more years!!!

Dr Jesús TOMÁS, Unidad de Zoología Marina, Instituto Cavanilles de Biodiversidad y Biología Evolutiva, Universitat de València, Spain

Much as I would love a little trip to Greece to celebrate with you I will not be able to, but many congratulations! What an amazing achievement!

Professor Annette C. Broderick, Chair in Marine Conservation, Centre for Ecology and Conservation, University of Exeter, UK

Congratulations ARCHELON! I am sure that this is a “life commitment”, and I really admire your work for such long time!

Neca Azevedo Marcovaldi, PhD, Diretora Nacional Conservação e Pesquisa, Fundação Projeto Tamar, Brazil

Congratulations for the 40th anniversary of ARCHELON. I am happy of having collaborated so many years with you (over 30 yrs) and, like many other conservation organizations, benefited from your very sound work. I will never forget my first visit to the beaches of Zakynthos, the thrill of seeing a turtle lying eggs. I wish you all a most success celebration and all the very best for the next 40 years.

Eladio Fernandez-Galiano, Secretariat of Bern Convention, Council of Europe, Strasbourg, France

Congratulations for this anniversary and the work done. The large increase of loggerhead nesting in western Mediterranean sea that we observed these last years is (I believe it!) certainly not disconnected with the conservation effort you manage since all these years in the eastern Mediterranean!

Claude Miaud, PhD, Directeur, Centre d'Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive, France

Congratulations for this anniversary and your conservation efforts done along 40 years. Hope you will continue!

Mohamed Nejmeddine Bradai, PhD, Director, Institute of Marine Resources, Sfax, Tunisia

Congratulations ARCHELON!

Dr Burak Ali Çiçek, Eastern Mediterranean University, Northern Cyprus

My most sincere congratulations for all the decades of work to better understand, publicize and protect sea turtles from your country Greece with your leadership. Just as Greece was once a light that illuminated culture in the Mediterranean, ARCHELON has also been our role model for many years in this field of research and conservation that we are passionate about. On behalf of the Spanish Society of Herpetology and on my own, my warmest congratulations on this happy 40th anniversary.

Juan A. Camiñas, PhD, Asociación Herpetológica Española, Spain

Wonderful to hear about the 40 years of ARCHELON! Congratulations and all the best for your celebrations.

Professor Kartik Shanker, Indian Institute of Science, Centre for Ecological Sciences, Bangalore, India

Congratulations! Your group has done fantastic work over the past four decades!! Enjoy your well-deserved celebration!

Jeanne A. Mortimer, PhD, Victoria, Mahé, Seychelles

Congratulations on 40 years of amazing success! I first visited you in the late 1980s, back when you were dealing with thugs on the beach. Unfortunately, I cannot make the 40th anniversary celebration, but I have the day marked on my calendar. There will be glasses lifted in Hawaii on November 8, to celebrate the many accomplishments of ARCHELON!

Professor Brian Bowen, Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, University of Hawaii, Kaneohe, Hawaii

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