The «different» project for sea turtles in Amvrakikos Gulf
Amvrakikos Gulf is a closed marine area in Western Greece, which communicates with the Ionian Sea through the Strait of Preveza. It is an area with great ecological importance which has been designated a "National Wetland Park", with 290 bird species having been recorded, of which 220 are seen every year. Although sea turtle nesting activity has never been observed in Amvrakikos, ARCHELON has been active there for the past 20 years in a different way than in other projects.
‘It has been discovered that Amvrakikos is one of the most important foraging habitats for sea turtles in Greece’, explains Galini Samlidou, Project Manager for Zakynthos - Amvrakikos. ‘The aim of the project is to collect data on the structure and origin of the turtle populations, as well as on the growth rate of the sea turtles that feed there’, she adds. The activities of the project are carried out with a boat and include scouting around for swimming turtles and a few minutes of capturing each turtle, during which it is tagged and measured.
Once more, the ARCHELON Project in Amvrakikos Gulf has been completed. ‘We sincerely thank the volunteers and the Monitoring Coordinator, Leo Cormary, for their time and dedication, which ultimately contributed to a very successful season’, says Galini. This summer was special for everyone as it was marked by a very significant moment. Galini excitedly explains: ‘For the first time in so many years, the field team managed to capture an adult Green Turtle’! The Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas) is a lesser known species of sea turtles that swims in Greek waters. Unlike the Loggerhead, it does not visit the Greek coasts to nest but it is found feeding in various locations.
If you are interested in participating in the Amvrakikos project in the summer of 2023, see more information and apply here. You can also download the brochure with information about all the 2023 projects here.