Our account for 2022
Despite the difficulties and uncertainty of the pandemic, we managed to continue the sea turtle conservation actions. We owe a big THANK YOU to the 421 volunteers who came to the Peloponnese, Zakynthos, Crete and the Rescue Center in Glyfada from far and near to help the work of ARCHELON this year.
- In particular, 65 volunteers from abroad and 26 local volunteers from Attica assisted in the sea turtle rescue and rehabilitation, as well as in raising public awareness of visitors.
- 356 volunteers from Greece and abroad contributed to the monitoring and protection of nests, as well as raising public awareness on the sea turtle nesting beaches. In addition, local volunteers helped with monitoring in Rethymno, Chania, Messara Bay and Lakonia.
The ARCHELON Rescue Centre in Glyfada continued to treat sea turtles throughout the year.
- 62 injured or sick turtles were hosted, of which 29 came from previous years and 33 arrived at the Rescue Centre in 2022.
- 32 turtles were released back to the sea after treament.
- Unfortunately 14 turtles died, while 16 remained under care for the following year.
Public awareness actions with visitors and supporters at the Rescue Centre continued.
- The educational programs with online tours for schools from all over Greece continued, while we had the pleasure of welcoming schools in person as well in spring and autumn. During the 2021-2022 school year, 9544 students and 765 teachers participated in the educational programs.
- Visitors informed about the protection of sea turtles and their habitats at the Rescue Centre are estimated at 11,464 people. In addition, 135 Sea Turtle Rescue Tours were conducted, aimed at small groups that adopt one of the injured turtles.
Volunteers on the Loggerhead nesting beaches recorded and protected approximately 5,800 nests on a total of 110 km of coast.
- The systematic monitoring and protection of the nesting activity of the Loggerhead sea turtle was completed for the 39th consecutive year with the assistance of volunteers/researchers in the areas: Zakynthos (National Marine Park), Kyparissia Bay (Nature Protection Area), southern Peloponnese (Romanos, Koroni, Lakonikos Bay, southern and eastern Lakonia) and Crete (Rethymno, Chania, Messara).
- The visitors who were informed about ARCHELON's field projects reached 59,000 people. The operation of the information stations and the presentations in tourist accommodation were done by the volunteers.
We were all busier in 2022. There were more tourists and beach furniture and more reports of injured and dead turtles. We are grateful for the support we have received from friends, supporters, sponsors, partner organizations and for the hard work of our people, who have allowed us to continue. There is always more that needs to be done for nature and the marine environment and we look forward to successfully meeting the challenges of 2023.
Our account for 2021
Our account for 2020
Our account for 2019
Our account for 2018