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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
The pupping season of the endangered Mediterranean Monk Seal (Monachus monachus) occurs in the autumn and winter. Mothers frequently leave their pups on the shore for 4-8 hours. Human disturbance and interaction are the most common reasons for abandonment.   If you find a seal pup on the shore: – STAY AWAY & DO NOT
Archipelagos’ research on the assessment of plastic pollution in the Aegean Sea and greater northeastern and central Mediterranean region was started in 2009 in our laboratory in Samos and aims to assess the extent of the problem that we have collectively caused by the inappropriate use and disposal of plastics. This research is carried out
Preparing the experimental replanting of the marine meadows of Poseidonia, at the Aegean Sea life shelter in Lipsi island. Experimental replanting is an important pilot action in progress in the last year. It aims to effectively protect these highly productive marine habitats in the Mediterranean, facing increasing anthropogenic threats. We will soon inform you of
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
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