ARCHELON collects data on sea turtles (strandings, presence, nesting, etc.) from all marine and coastal areas of Greece with the assistance of local associations, fishermen, citizens, research institutes and environmental organizations as well as through ARCHELON’s Rescue Network.
When a dead or injured sea turtle is found, members of the Sea Turtle Rescue Network inform the nearest port authorities and The Sea Turtle Rescue Centre as soon as possible, to receive treatment and specialized care.
At the beginning of 2017, 22 sea turtles were already under treatment at the Rescue Centre. During the course of the year, 72 injured or sick sea turtles were transported to the Rescue Centre. 30 of these turtles died, 44 were released after their recovery and 20 remained in the Centre.
Another nationwide activity is ARCHELON’s portable educational material, which has been approved by the Ministry of Education, and travels to schools throughout Greece. Presentations to students or schools by ARCHELON’s volunteers may be scheduled.
During the school year 2016-2017, more than 10,000 students were guided around the Rescue Centre’s facilities and participated in the environmental education program