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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
A General Assembly meeting of the EU Regional Advisory Council for Mediterranean Fisheries (MEDAC), was just completed in Rome. Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation is the only Greek environmental organization on the council and is one of 4 NGOs with the right to vote on the Executive Committee of MEDAC. Through our participation in the
For over 18 years, despite the large workload here at Archipelagos, we utilize every opportunity to share with the youth our experiences, current research and conservation efforts. We also provide hands-on sessions in nature conservation to the schools on nearby islands. The engagement of youth today is the best investment we can make for the
The grounding of the cargo ship Little Seyma off the coast of Mykonos island, two days before Christmas was merely small news for the Greek media, without causing particular interest or concern. The Turkish owned bulk carrier flying the Panamanian flag (one of the so-called convenience flags-meaning with inadequate safety standards), was thankfully carrying flour.
After a week of intense research in the eastern Aegean, the “Training on the Monitoring Techniques of the Ecosystem Approach Common Indicators related to Biodiversity Component” was successfully completed. This was carried out by the cooperation of the Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP/MAP SPA/RAC). The scientists
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 pamflet, please follow the link below: https://www.thenationalherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/STUDY-ABROAD-IN-GREECE.pdf
During the last weeks, the incidents of illegal fishing by Turkish trawlers in Greek territorial waters of the East Aegean, mainly in the area between Samos and Agathonisi, have been increasing. Knowing the gaps in control due to fatigue and the heavy burden attributable to local port authorities – due to the increase in refugee
The Joint Educational Oceanographic Research Course of the University of Essex UK with the Archipelagos Institute, took place in the marine area between Samos and Ikaria islands. For one week, with parallel recordings by Archipelagos’ 3 research vessels, with the aid of contemporary research equipment, the final year students of Marine Sciences from Essex university,
Ten days after the small tanker Agia Zoni II sank in the Saronic Gulf, the decontamination of the marine environment has focused on what affects us aesthetically, rather than all of the petroleum and break down products, such as those that have sunk and now rest on the sea floor and those floating and moving
Archipelagos Institute is hosting these days a film crew from French TV channel ARTE for the shooting of a documentary on the high risk of maritime accident in the Aegean and 6 other high risk zones in the Mediterranean. The lack of a mechanism for prevention and response to maritime accidents in the Greek seas,
Archipelagos Institute takes part in an urgent call by 21 European environmental organizations, to the EU Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella, for the protection of the Essential Fish Habitats (EFH) in the Jabuka/ Pomo Pit in the Adriatic Sea. The Jabuka/Pomo Pit is a site of unique productivity, hosting the most
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