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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
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

Naftilos Reaches Malta

Archipelagos’ researcher’s boat Naftilos has reached the port of Valetta in Malta after 6 days of travelling through the international waters of east Lybia.  The team experienced rough weather conditions, and after a short stop for refueling, Naftilos continued. The researchers are continuing its important research in the framework of the Accobams Survey Initiative: the
The marine mammal research team at Archipelagos institute, has monitored the populations of dolphins and whales in various regions of the Greek Seas and the NE Mediterranean for the past 20 years. This contributes to their marine conservation efforts. An interesting aspect of the marine mammal research carried out in Archipelagos focuses on the analysis
Archipelagos Institute and Fraport Greece announce their joint efforts for sustainable management of wildlife at Samos airport Samos – During the past year, an innovative effort has been underway to manage the population of Golden Jackals residing within the area of Samos Airport “Aristarchos of Samos”. Archipelagos Institute is in cooperation with Fraport Greece and have
Archipelagos’ research boat Naftilos has departed this morning for an important research that takes place in the framework of Accobams Survey Initiative: the first large scale cetaceans survey in whole Mediterranean Sea. This challenging research mission of Naftilos will last 2 months and will cover the marine region between Crete, Libya, Tunisia and Malta. One
The Energy Observer, the first self-sufficient energy vessel with zero greenhouse gas emissions, is joining forces with Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation, aiming to contribute towards efforts to protect marine life. This hydrogen-powered vessel produces and stores its own energy by hydrolysing seawater and using the power of three different types of photovoltaics. In 2017,
The TV crew of British ITV, Britain’s largest private channel, traveled from London to the Aegean Sea, to visit the research base of the Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation in Samos Island. The crew’s goal is to produce reports for the newscast and other ITV broadcasts on the worrying extent of global plastic pollution in
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
Last week, one more sample collection round was completed in Santorini Island by the Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation, close to the “Sea Diamond” shipwreck site. This research aims to estimate the degree of accumulation in toxic pollutants from the ecosystems of the area. The sampling took place in collaboration with the “Santorini Association for
Eight months after the small tanker Agia Zoni II sank in the Saronic Gulf spilling of 2,500 tons of oil, Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation, in collaboration with the Hydrocarbon Lab of the Biology Department of Essex University, UK and with the support of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), continues the monthly monitoring of
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
Even though the daily workload for us all in Archipelagos is large, we don’t forget our obligation to share the love and need for nature conservation with young children. Its them who will be expected to manage the numerous environmental problems that are being created by our generations… Even though we normally don’t have time
An important research is about to start in cooperation between Archipelagos Institute and UNEP/MAP – RAC SPA (The Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas of the UN Environment Programme). For the first time in the Mediterranean a parallel monitoring will be carried out in several parts of the Aegean, focusing on the key “common
During the last 3 days, Archipelagos Institute had a creative cooperation with the journalist Panos Haritos and his film crew from Greek public TV ET1, for the filming of a documentary for the series “ROADS”.  This filming aimed to present various aspects of the critical problem of the plastic pollution of the Greek Seas. The
In framework of the cooperation between Archipelagos Institute and the Biology Department of the University of Essex, UK, the 6th series of sampling was completed in coastal zones which were affected by the oil slick of the Agia Zoni II shipwreck last September, in the area off Athens. This research is being carried out with
Scientists from Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation took part in the recent meeting in Paris of the Advisory Council of the EU for Aquaculture in Europe. The main focus of the assembly was on promoting sustainability in EU aquaculture and Archipelagos Institute, as the only Greek member of the Advisory Council, provided its expertise in
Το Ινστιτούτο Αρχιπέλαγος σε συνεργασία με ειδικούς επιστήμονες από το Εργαστήριο Υδρογονανθράκων του Τμήματος Βιολογίας του Πανεπιστημίου του Essex Αγγλίας, διεξάγει την έκτη σειρά δειγματοληψιών στις παράκτιες θαλάσσιες περιοχές που επηρεάστηκαν από την πετρελαιοκηλίδα. Οι δειγματοληψίες που ξεκίνησαν λίγες ημέρες μετά το ναυάγιο και επαναλαμβάνονται κάθε μήνα, έχουν ως στόχο την τοξικολογική ανάλυση συγκεκριμένων αλιεύσιμων
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