At the recent United Nations’ Ocean Conference, which took place in early June in New York, Archipelagos Institute took part in a global NGO call to the UN about halting deep sea mining. This joint statement to the plenary was led by the European NGO coalition Seas At Risk and was submitted by 37 NGO’s
Even though we do not want to reveal every incident of the murder of rare marine animals that is located – sadly very frequently – in various regions of the Greek Seas, we feel obligated to share with you this unfortunate aspect of our daily life, so that it does not become a sad routine.
A little bit before the school year ends, Archipelagos’ researchers continue to offer lessons on environmental conservation to primary school students, both in our research station, as well as in the field. Despite the large workload that all of us in Archipelagos Institute have, we always find time for the children. This is the biggest
Archipelagos Institute with a big group of NGOs sent a letter to EU Member States—Fisheries Attachés, Members of European Parliament—Committee on Fisheries and to the European Commission—Commissioner Vella and DG MARE. You can read the letter below:     The Mediterranean Sea is in deep crisis. Over 90% of the assessed Mediterranean fish stocks are overexploited[1]. Despite
Large fish at risk of extinction, 39 fish stocks over-exploited, catches of hake 5 times over sustainable limits, high degree of discards and by-catch, desertification of the seabed, high energy costs. All consequences of the industrial fisheries that receive the largest part of EU subsidies. While the world celebrates Oceans Day on the 8th of
A dead Mediterranean Monk Seal, with apparent wounds from a gun, was discovered this past Sunday morning by researchers from the Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation. Initially, it was sighted floating, presumably dead, in the south-west waters of Samos Island and due to the prevailing winds, it washed up on the southern coast of the
During the past few weeks there has been an increase in the killings of rare marine species in various parts of the Aegean Sea: one more monk seal shot, decapitated turtles, stubbed dolphins – tied with a rope in the tail and many more… These are not isolated incidents but a long lasting problem, as

Repeated dolphin killings

Recently, three dolphins were stranded on the shores of Skopelos and they are just some of the dozens that have been stranded so far this year, in various regions of the Aegean and Attica. All three animals showed obvious cuts from a knife in the same parts of their body. One of them also had
A new research collaboration started between Archipelagos Institute and the University of the West of England, with a focus on the research and the management of Posidonia seagrass meadows – the forests of our seas. The research which will be carried out with the use of innovative techniques, will focus on the region of the
The Archipelagos research team that are based on Lipsi Island are currently contributing towards the implementation of an internationally significant endeavor: the Aegean Marine Life Sanctuary. Work surrounding this project is currently kept quiet, as we prefer our actions to come before our words. The area of the Sanctuary is being transformed daily, with hard