Posidonia Seagrass Fruits Wash up on Our Shores – A Rare Phenomenon

In recent weeks, at many beaches along the coasts of the Aegean Sea, Cyprus and other areas of the Mediterranean, we have observed a very rare phenomenon that occurs only every 5-10 years. Large volumes of Posidonia oceanica fruits and sees are being released following the flowering we recorded last autumn. This event has not […]

Planting Underwater Gardens of Posidonia meadows

Despite the winter approaching, the Archipelagos team’s hard work on Posidonia seagrass replanting continues. Divers and snorkelers, with the help of the support team on kayaks, continue the transport and planting of our underwater gardens. We are slowly but surely making a contribution to reversing the destruction of these invaluable underwater forests. Over the years, […]

Assessment of microplastic accumulation on Posidonia oceanica seagrass meadows

I’m Imogen, a 22-year-old New Zealand intern currently in the Microplastic and Marine Mammal Team at Archipelagos on Lipsi Island. I am currently completing my masters in Evolutionary Biology via the MEME programme, with the intention to study conservation genetics in combination with field work. While my current study is officially based at Ludwig Maximilian […]

Limiting the environmental footprint caused to our seas by our daily habits: Collaboration between the Archipelagos Institute and KORRES

When we talk about protecting the environment and combating pollution, our mind usually goes to causes and causers that are difficult for us as citizens to influence, such as industrial pollution. Frequently do not think about the large environmental footprint caused by our daily consumption habits, i.e. the personal hygiene products, cosmetics and cleaning products […]

Mapping of Posidonia seagrass meadows and coastal habitats using kayaks

Despite the difficult conditions, at the Archipelago Institute we adapt our actions to protect the biodiversity of our seas according to the restrictions. Researchers in the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) team of the Archipelago Institute, continue to map the Posidonia seagrass meadows and the coastal habitats using kayaks. In collaboration with the University of West […]

Working towards an improving seagrass mapping methodology

I am a recent graduate student from the University of Birmingham, UK, with a BSc in Geography. The GIS and Remote Sensing internship at Archipelagos stood out to me as it combined independent field projects using a variety of remote sensing techniques with interesting data analysis on research that focus on the most vulnerable ecological […]

Planting the underwater gardens of the Aegean

An important stage in replanting Posidonia seagrass meadows was completed by Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation on the island of Lipsi, Greece, just before the new restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic were put in place. Over the years we have become used to hearing about the increasing rate with which animals and plants are […]

Seagrass distribution mapping

I am a master’s student in the Sea and Society master’s program at University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and I hold a master’s in computer science. Due to my technical background, I was very interested in the GIS and remote sensing internship that is offered at Archipelagos. I decided to spend my summer there and see […]

Archipelagos GIS team

Archipelagos GIS team is mapping Posidonia oceanica seagrass meadows in several areas of the SE Aegean. Archipelagos Institute in cooperation with the University of West of England Bristol during recent years developed a technique to map Posidonia oceanica seagrass. Data is collected with the use of kayaks that are equipped with sonar that can detect […]

“Mini Explorer” – The Autonomous Robotic Surface Vehicle

The “Mini Explorer” is an autonomous robotic surface vehicle which was created in a cooperative effort between Archipelagos Institute and the Greek company “Aigaio RCB” and was obtained via self-funding by Archipelagos. At a time when boats are not permitted to travel at sea, it is a great tool for monitoring multiple parameters of marine […]