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
Within the framework of strategic cooperation between Archipelagos Institute, Municipality of Barcelona and the Spanish organization FAADA, last week, we hosted a visit from a group of experts and representatives of the municipality. The meetings took place in the two main bases of Archipelagos Institute, located in Samos and in Lipsi islands. Despite the adverse
Greetings to all from the eastern Aegean and Archipelagos’ marine conservation team. Today we have been circumnavigating the waters between Samos and the northern Dodecanese, a region where we are carrying out research on an almost daily basis for the last 17 years. As of recent the eastern Aegean has been facing one of the
During the past days, the Terrestrial Conservation Team of Archipelagos Institute, has been monitoring aquatic bird populations in the small wetlands of Samos island. A large number of rare and protected bird species find shelter here, as this area consists of ideal wintering, feeding and breeding grounds. Wetlands are particularly important in the spring and
All of us at Archipelagos Institute wish you Happy ‘Thoughtful’ Holidays!
In the framework of the intermediterranean action entitled LANDCARE, Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation, in cooperation with eight Universities and research institutions from South Europe, study methods and practices for the restoration of degraded and eroded land in vulnerable regions. The Greek partners of the project include also the Faculty of Geology and Geoenvironment of
Archipelagos’ research on the “Occurrence and impact of interactions between small-scale fisheries and predators, with focus on Mediterranean monk seals (Monachus monachus Hermann 1779), around Lipsi Island complex, Aegean Sea, Greece.” was recently published in “Fisheries Research”. This research investigates the unfortunate antagonistic interactions between Mediterranean marine mammals, including the endangered monk seal (Monachus monachus),