Our News

Announcement for all past volunteers of ARCHELON: Shall we meet this September?

07/06/2023

Hi everyone! This year marks 40 years of ARCHELON’s action for protecting sea turtles in Greece. During these four decades, thousands of volunteers from many countries joined our sea turtle projects and the Rescue Centre to help save the turtles. Let’s meet again this coming September and celebrate the animals we saved during all these years. Read more...

Join the “Sea Turtle Festival” at the ARCHELON Rescue Centre in Glyfada on Saturday, May 27

03/05/2023

ARCHELON invites kids and adults to celebrate the environment and the sea in an exciting way at the "Sea Turtle Festival" on Saturday, May 27 at the Sea Turtle Rescue Centre in the 3rd Marina of Glyfada. Learn more…

Too bad … she did not make it this year

03/05/2023

Dimitris Margaritoulis, founder of ARCHELON and member of the Scientific Committee of the Association, writes about a female loggerhead which was found dead and trapped in fishing nets near its nesting area. Read on…

Waiting list for schools that want to visit the ARCHELON Rescue Centre

07/04/2023

Thousands of Greek students visit the Centre and get informed about the value of protecting the environment through contact with a particularly beloved animal, the sea turtle. "All the available visiting hours until the end of the 2022-2023 school year have been booked, but there is a waiting list that is activated in case of cancellations", says Anna Kontoleon, ARCHELON’s Education Officer. More hours for online tours may be added in May if volunteers become available. Learn more…

 

Our Accounts for 2022

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.

See Our Accounts for 2021...

ARCHELON Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece