The aim of this exchange visit was to create a Mediterranean network for sharing knowledge and information on protection and management issues of sea turtles in Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas.
From the first day of its foundation, ARCHELON welcomes volunteers from all over the world. People of different ages, interests, nationalities and habits. The volunteers are those who compose the nature of ARCHELON over thirty-four years now and they are the motivating force of its actions and its heritage.
In view of the forthcoming nesting in just one month, the ARCHELON Association travelled to Crete with the aim of recalling compliance with management measures for the conservation of the sea turtle and its breeding habitats, as well as informing the local authorities of Crete about the transnational European program LIFE EUROTURTLES.
Thousands of civilians raised their voice at the Break Free event and walked together, claiming a peaceful, safe and dignified future for the planet. With flags, banners and by forming a peace sign with their bodies, with the Acropolis in the background, they sent a sonorous message against climate change, injustice and inequality by creating a powerful, peaceful and determined wave of change.
For most people, Valentine’s Day is a day for lovers, but for the people of ARCHELON, it’s a day dedicated to the love for sea turtles and our work to protect them. It is also a day to acknowledge and reward the volunteers who contribute their efforts to achieving our goals, both in the field and in the Rescue Centre.
Marine pollution can be defined as the human input, directly or indirectly, of substances or energy into the marine environment, which causes a variety of deleterious effects; including harm to living resources, risks to human health, the reduction of marine water quality and a hindrance to marine activities, such as fishing.