the Sea Turtle Protection Society
ARCHELON at a glimpse
Since 1983, the primary objective of the Sea Turtle Protection
Society of Greece ARCHELON has been to protect the sea turtles
and their habitats in Greece through monitoring and research,
developing and implementing management plans, habitat restoration,
raising public awareness and rehabilitating sick and injured
ARCHELON is a Partner to UNEP/Mediterranean Action Plan, a
member of the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) and the European
Union for the Conservation of the Coasts (EUCC). Members of
ARCHELON participate in the IUCN/Marine Turtle Specialist Group
and contribute to the formulation of the international strategy
for the conservation of the sea turtles.
ARCHELON works closely with state agencies, the
local authorities, institutions, other NGOs, fishermen and
local inhabitants in
order to mitigate and reverse population reduction of sea turtles.
Certain projects are co-funded by the European Commission.
Priority is given to the elaboration and implementation of
integrated management plans in the major loggerhead nesting
areas in Greece (Zakynthos, Bays of Kyparissia and Lakonikos,
and Crete). On Zakynthos ARCHELON conducts its projects under
an agreement with the National Marine Park. Pilot sand dune
restoration projects have been carried out behind nesting
- ARCHELON relies heavily on voluntary work. Every year over
400 volunteers from all over the world are invited to help
with the work on the nesting beaches and the Rescue Centre.
summer the major nesting areas in Greece (Zakynthos, Peloponnesus
and Crete), totalling about 75 kilometres are daily monitored.
- Every year over 2,500 nests
are protected from human threats, predation and sea inundation.
- Nearly 4,000 turtles have been tagged in order to monitor
their movements in the sea. Recently satellite transmitters
have been used.
- Over 50 injured or sick turtles are treated
every year at the Rescue Centre at Glyfada (Athens).
permanent and 10 seasonal stations are operated by ARCHELON
on Zakynthos, Peloponnesus and Crete.
- About 200,000 tourists
are directly contacted through ARCHELON's diverse programmes
- Over 13,000 students participate every year in
the educational programmes.
- ARCHELON participates in four
Management Agencies of protected areas (National Marine
Park of Zakynthos, Amvrakikos Bay,
Mesolonghi Lagoon and Strofylia-Kotychi Lagoons) where sea
turtle habitats are found.