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Potential hydrocarbon exploration in Greece, will Blue or Black Growth be the choice? The planned extraction of hydrocarbon deposits in Greece poses a dramatic risk of irreversible ecological and socio-economic disaster both within the marine regions and productive land zones where oil exploration is proposed, as well as for the country as a whole. Simultaneously,
The meeting of the EU Mediterranean Advisory Council for Fisheries (MEDAC) was completed last Friday in Venice. Archipelagos Institute for Marine Conservation, is an important member of the Advisory Council, as it is one of only four environmental organisations in the Mediterranean that has the right to vote. The purpose of this Advisory Council meeting
This morning, a working group meeting was launched in Arad, Romania, within the framework of the Sea4all action, which aims to develop educational tools and games related to marine pollution. Continuing for the second year, this action is carried out through the collaboration of the Foundation for Research and Technology of Crete, the Regional Directorate
The completion of the Mediterranean Symposium on Marine Key Habitats and Non-Indigenous Species, that was organised by UNEP/MAP – SPA RAC, The Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas of the UN Environment Programme, in Antalya, Turkey. The symposium had the participation of research organisations from all over the Mediterranean. Archipelagos Institute took part with four
A juvenile jackal was found on the roadside, in the area of Ano Vathi, Samos, most probably following an accidental hit by a car. It was found in a state of shock, in the early morning hours during the Christmas period. Archipelagos Institute was informed by the Samos Police authorities and researchers swiftly went to
One of the biggest broadcasters in Europe, are working in cooperation with Archipelagos Institute, and are looking for memorable stories of passionate children aged 6-16 who have taken initiatives to champion environmental change within conservation. They are casting for an ongoing TV series, focused on young people on a global scale, who though unique activities
The “Interactions between Marine Mammals and Fisheries, case studies from the Eastern Aegean and the Levantine Sea” is the subject of Archipelagos’ new publication as a chapter of CIESM latest Monograph (no 50) just published by CIESM – Mediterranean Science Commission(ciesm.org). In this publication we summarize the interactions between various marine mammal species and the different
Ethology, the study of animal behavior, is essential for assessing the response of an animal to changes in its environment and insight into potential impacts of human activity on a given population. A behavioral response can either increase an individual’s fitness and lead to success of the species or it can lead to a decrease
Clean, healthy and abundant seas by 2020. This is what European countries are committed to achieve when they adopted the Marine Strategy Framework Directive in 2008. This is what over 180,000 Europeans are asking you to deliver.  With little more than a year until the deadline, all countries of the European Union, including Greece,  are failing
The meeting of the EU Mediterranean Advisory Council for Fisheries (MEDAC) took place this week in Rome. Archipelagos Institute for Marine Conservation, as a member of the Advisory Council is one of only four environmental organisations in the Mediterranean that have the right to vote. The purpose of the meeting was to formulate proposals and
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
A mother sperm whale is nursing her calf between the eastern Aegean islands of Ikaria and Mykonos. Milk can be seen floating on the surface, which is a rare sighting. This image was captured from the microlight airplane of Wings for Science during a joint expedition with Archipelagos Institute. We are surrounded by seas which
The world animal day constitutes an opportunity to remind ourselves that the care and protection of wildlife is a responsibility we all share, not occasionally but every single day!  Our own survival depends on the survival of all the animals we share this planet with. Respect towards them is an obligation not an option.
The researchers of Archipelagos Institute are in cooperation with the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) for monitoring the Eleonora’s falcon populations on small eastern Aegean islets since 2014 using modern audiovisual equipment. The head of the research group is Dr. Ronny Steen from NMBU, who is an expert in monitoring wildlife behavior through digital
Every year in the Mediterranean Sea, hundreds of turtles nest on the beaches and thousands of hatchlings make their way to the sea. Apart from the well known large nesting beaches, in Greece there are hundreds of small remote beaches where each year only a few turtles will nest. However, since these areas are not
The Mediterranean Chameleon (Chamaeleo chamaeleon) is a unique animal of great research interest. It is considered a symbolic species in most parts of Europe where it is found. It is a protected species according to Greek and European legislation, as well as international conventions. Samos Island host the last population of the Mediterranean chameleon in
The National Herald wrote an article about the internship opportunities at Archipelagos in their September issue. The article explains the goals of Archipelagos as well as sharing the personal experiences and daily activities of many Archipelagos volunteers. For the whole article, please follow the link below: HERE
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