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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
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
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
Anastasia Miliou, Scientific Director of Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation, based in the Eastern Aegean islands in Greece, recently spoke with The National Herald about the Institute’s mission and current projects. TNH: Please give us an overview of the Archipelagos Institute. Briefly describe, generally, what you do. AM: Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation is a

Violent Dolphin Killing

The strong and persistent southerly winds experienced over recent days washed out an adult bottlenose dolphin which showed obvious signs of abuse on the shores of Samos. Researchers from the Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation immediately made their way to the area where they carried out an autopsy on site. Based on the prevailing weather
Archipelagos’ Terrestrial Research Team, is continuing for the 7th year the monitoring of the Mediterranean chameleon population on Samos island. Being aware of the rarity of the species and of the responsibility this brings, Archipelagos began to monitor populations of this rare species since 2009, combining field research with awareness raising efforts. The aim is
For third successive year, Archipelagos Institute in cooperation with scientists from Norwegian University of Life Sciences, continues the innovative action of monitoring the nesting behavior of the rare Eleonora’s falcon (Falco eleonorae). Every spring they migrate from Madagascar to the Mediterranean and mainly to the Aegean, where 2/3 of the global population of this rare
A new field course on “Oceanography & Applied Marine Conservation” has started these days in Archipelagos’ research base in Samos island. It is a taught module course for final year marine biology students of the Essex University, UK, which from this year will be taught annually in Archipelagos’ research bases in the Aegean: in Samos,
Norwegian Maritime Museum presents awareness raising material designed by Archipelagos Institute on the breakdown of plastics in the seas, as part of the exhibition “Hope for the Ocean”. This exhibition aims to raise public awareness on the problem of plastic pollution in the seas, a problem to which we all contribute! It is a fact

Help the JELLYWATCH program

Did you observe Jellyfish Blooms in the Mediterranean? Report it at medousa@archipelago.gr Archipelagos is a partner of Ciesm – The Mediterranean Science Commission JELLYWATCH program, which for the first time gathers baseline data on the frequency and extent of jellyfish outbreaks across the Mediterranean Sea. The participation in this program enables an unbiased assessment of
Many of you may have already heard of the Mediterranean monk seal, called Argiro by the locals, that approaches inhabited coasts and beaches of Samos island. This seal was found amongst us, as someone murdered her mother and as a result she lives close to people for the past 2,5 years. Even though she is
«Ες αύριον τα σπουδαία» is a short documentary produced by the Greek Directors Guild describing the multi-disciplinary research and conservation actions of “Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation” and its dynamic team of researchers that come from all over the world. This difficult effort aims to protect, but also to make known the rare natural heritage
In parallel with the various research, conservation and educational actions of Archipelagos Institute carried out in many parts of Greece, our concern for the future of our seas exceed the limits of the Mediterranean. One of the main problems we try to address in the more distant seas is the frequent and fatal collisions of
An unacceptable and dangerous article and photographs about the monk seal which the inhabitants of Samos call Argiro was released yesterday. The report presented photographs of people playing with the seal, something that is not only illegal, but also dangerous. What is not mentioned in the publication is that many people who wanted to do
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