This short report, submitted to the European Commission, presents the main events in the efforts to protect the nesting habitats of Loggerhead Sea Turtles in the island of Crete, Greece during 2018 (bays of Rethymno GR4330004, Chania GR4340003 & GR4340006, Messara GR4310004 & GR4310012), which are designated as NATURA 2000 areas.
It has started three days ago and it expected to last another 2-3 days. It is the mass nesting of hundreds to hundreds of thousands of Olive Ridley sea turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea) in Costa Rica.
Is it possible to release a sea turtle entangled in longlines without hurting it and tearing the nets too much? Yes, according to the Hellenic Center for Marine Research (HCMR), with the use of "the cutter"; their innovative telescopic tool, which was developed in collaboration with ARCHELON for this purpose. With this tool one can help without hurting the animal and without damaging extensively the nets. The testing of the cutter is one of the activities of the Life Euroturtles project, a collaboration between 6 Mediterranean countries of the EU.
Last week marked the 35th anniversary of the foundation of ARCHELON. We were planning to celebrate this a bit later, but suddenly the actual date was reminded by some of the newest members. The first wishes appeared, followed by an explosion of messages and posts and a colorful cloud of wishes from friends and members. Happy birthday ARCHELON!