ΑΡΧΕΛΩΝ Σύλλογος για την Προστασία της Θαλάσσιας Χελώνας
ARCHELON Τhe Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece
The donations and "adoptions" made at the Rescue Centre in Glyfada, Attica and at ARCHELON’s field projects in Zakynthos, the Peloponnese and Crete in 2022, reached the amount of €350,000. We did a lot last year thanks to all these people, who also made it possible for us to continue this year. Learn more…
We learned with deep sadness the passing away of Gail Schofield, a pronounced sea
turtle researcher and former ARCHELON volunteer. Read more…
The Sea Turtle Rescue Centre of ARCHELON in Glyfada rescues, takes care of and rehabilitates injured sea turtles from all parts of Greece since 1994. More than half of the sea turtles that were under care at the Rescue Centre in 2022 got released back to the sea after reaching full recovery this year! Read more…
In the summer of 2022, ARCHELON volunteers/researchers walked daily over 100 kilometres of nesting beaches, monitoring and protecting, where necessary, nests and hatchlings. Few of them will make it to adulthood, somewhere between one in 1000 and one in 10,000. Learn more…
Despite the pandemic's difficulties and uncertainty this past year, we managed to continue all sea turtle protection activities. We owe a big THANK YOU to the 421 volunteers, from afar and near, who arrived on the nesting beaches of Peloponnese, Zakynthos, Crete, and the Rescue Center in Glyfada to help the work of ARCHELON this year!
Volunteers at the loggerhead nesting beaches recorded and protected approximately 5,749 nests in a total of 62 km (preliminary data) and talked with more than 50,000 people about sea turtle conservation. The projects at the nesting beaches this summer received more than 400 warm wishes from the students who participated in the #Turtlechallenge4 in collaboration with their teachers and parents.
The ARCHELON Rescue Centre in Glyfada continued to receive and treat sea turtles throughout the year. There were 33 new arrivals of injured or sick sea turtles, most of them loggerheads and a few green turtles, and 32 recovered turtles returned to the sea.
Environmental awareness activities with visitors and supporters at the Rescue Centre continued. The education programs with Live Online Tours for schools from all over Greece continued and eventually, we were able to welcome back schools from Attica at the Centre in spring and autumn.
Everybody got busier in 2022. More tourists and furniture were on the beaches, and more reports of injured or dead turtles were received. We are grateful for the support received from friends, donors, sponsors, collaborating organizations, and the hard work of our staff, which enabled us to carry on. There is always more to be done for nature and the marine environment, and we look forward to successfully meeting the challenges of 2023.