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Development of a Methodology to Assess Anchor Damages on Posidonia Seagrass Meadows   Following the increase of coastal urbanization, 46% of the Posidonia oceanica meadows have disappeared or become threatened by a number of factors including boat anchoring. In the Aegean islands, where recreational yachting is a major touristic activity this environmental threat is an
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
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),
A few weeks after the stranding of a bottlenose dolphin with visible signs of human abuse, http://archipelago.gr/en/violent-dolphin-killing/ researchers at the Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation recorded a second violent killing of a marine mammal. One young, male monk seal was located in the SE of Samos, with distinct signs of deliberate killing. Based on the
Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation, in cooperation with the Research and Technology Centre of the University of Kiel in Germany, launched an innovative monitoring programme of Aegean marine ecosystems. Following two years of preparatory work, this project begun with the establishment of the first 6 digital oceanographic stations in 3 islands of the northern Dodecanese, with the
A new field course on “Oceanography & Applied Marine Conservation” has started these days in Archipelagos’ research base on Samos island. It is a taught module course for final year marine biology students of Essex University, UK, which from this year will be taught annually in Archipelagos’ research bases in the Aegean: on the islands
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