The joint Educational Oceanographic Research Course between the University of Essex, the University of Cardiff and Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation was successfully completed in two consecutive periods during September 2018, in the marine region between Samos, Fourni and Ikaria. The multi-diciplinary research that was conducted included: –  the use of cartographic vessel “Okeanos” and
The 6th Mediterranean Conference on Marine Turtles, which took place last week in Porec Croatia, brought about many exciting outcomes for the conservation of these charismatic animals. The research of Archipelagos Institute that was presented in the Conference showed evidence of key foraging and nesting areas in the Aegean islands for both the Loggerhead Turtle
Making best use of the calm seas of the autumn, we are trying to cover as much as possible the large knowledge gaps in relation to life in our seas and the factors of threat. The boat Naftilos with Archipelagos’ Marine Mammal Research Team, have been surveying the waters between Ikaria and Chios island and
In recent months a new major threat has appeared across Greek seas and is threatening another protected marine species – the Noble Pen Shell Pinna nobilis: the largest bivalve in the Mediterranean, reaching 1.2 meters in length. In addition to the numerous human-induced threats facing the P.nobilis (such as illegal fishing and habitat destruction), a
Archipelagos’ research on the assessment of plastic pollution in the Aegean Sea and greater northeastern and central Mediterranean region was started in 2009 in our laboratory in Samos and aims to assess the extent of the problem that we have collectively caused by the inappropriate use and disposal of plastics. This research is carried out
Preparing the experimental replanting of the marine meadows of Poseidonia, at the Aegean Sea life shelter in Lipsi island. Experimental replanting is an important pilot action in progress in the last year. It aims to effectively protect these highly productive marine habitats in the Mediterranean, facing increasing anthropogenic threats. We will soon inform you of
Over the past week, there have been continuous incidents of Turkish trawlers found fishing in Greek waters, not only beyond their territorial boundaries but also deep in the Aegean Sea, approaching up to 100 meters from the Greek islands. This illegal fishing activity has been occurring not only during the night but also continues throughout
A worrying rise in the number of marine turtles found dead on the shores of the eastern Aegean was recorded by researchers at the Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation. In just 3 months from the beginning of 2018, researchers identified 18 stranded sea turtles, 16 of which were dead and only 2 alive but in
Joint statement of 38 environmental NGOs on the topic of deep sea drilling The International Seabed Authority (ISA) recently drafted the Strategic Plan that will define the regulations for the deep-sea exploration for the 2019-2023 period. The ISA asked NGOs and other groups involved in deep-sea studies for input on the draft document and a
Today the 50th CIESM – Mediterranean Science Commission Workshop is being completed in Paris with a focus on “Direct impacts of marine species on human activities – scientific vs stakeholders perceptions”. In 4 days of workgroup meetings between 21 expert scientists from 13 countries, the focus is: – the process of change of the Mediterranean