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What is it that ARCHELON does, finally?

What is it that ARCHELON does, finally?

ARCHELON is a very busy organization throughout the year, but December is especially a time of outreach for volunteers and fund raising. All our efforts contribute to the rescue and conservation of sea turtles in Greece. If you like what we do, join us and support us! But what is it that we do, in a nutshell?

A loggerhead making a nest with her flipper wrapped in a fishing net

A loggerhead making a nest with her flipper wrapped in a fishing net

Through the Rescue Network, ARCHELON’s volunteers take care of 15 sea turtles entangled to fishing nets on average every year. Last August, however, the Zakynthos team was surprised to observe a loggerhead laying her nest on Kalamaki beach, with her front flipper tightly wrapped in a fishing net. This is adding to the evidence of the impacts of abandoned fishing nets in the Mediterranean on sea turtles.
 

ARCHELON’s retreat was a sea turtle summit at 1850m.

ARCHELON’s retreat was a sea turtle summit at 1850m.

Twenty “turtlers” responded to this call, reached mountain Tymphristos, a 4- hour- drive from Athens, and gathered in the mountain shelter Velouchi (1850 m. alt) on 1-3 November. You could argue that the place was too far from sea turtles. That’s right – we wanted it to be far enough from the beach and we succeeded!

ARCHELON's 9 conservation volunteer projects for 2020

ARCHELON's 9 conservation volunteer projects for 2020

In less than 100 km of sandy beaches in Greece, one can find almost 50% of the loggerhead nests laid in the Mediterranean. The fate of these eggs and nests rests with human vigilance. Unless they are protected, the population of the loggerhead in the Mediterranean will drop sharply within a few years.

Would you care to be one of our field leaders in 2020?

Would you care to be one of our field leaders in 2020?

ARCHELON has published the call for field leaders for 2020 and the application deadline is 9 January 2020. “We understand that many of the people interested to become field leaders and spend from 3 to 6 months on the beaches, need to plan early” says Reggina Stefanatou, the Project Coordinator of ARCHELON, who is responsible for their selection.
 

ARCHELON’s Lakonikos bay project has a big heart!

ARCHELON’s Lakonikos bay project has a big heart!

It was the 29th of July and the public awareness team of Lakonikos bay project had set up an info table in Limeni during the “Ocean Man” sport event. One of the swimmers there approached the volunteers and reported the sighting of an injured sea turtle in the area.

A great opportunity to volunteer in ARCHELON through the European Solidarity Corps (ESC)

A great opportunity to volunteer in ARCHELON through the European Solidarity Corps (ESC)

Greece hosts about 90% of the nests of the loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) in the EU every summer and bears a unique responsibility amongst the EU member States for the conservation of this species. The awareness of the threats that sea turtles face in the Mediterranean led ARCHELON, the Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece, to the establishment of ARCHELON’s Sea Turtle Rescue Center, 25 years ago. The Centre is one of the many places where young people can volunteer through via European Solidarity Corps (former European Voluntary Service (EVS) program).
 

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