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Fourteen years after the Sea Diamond sunk taking with it 3 human lives and after it was abandoned on the sea floor of Santorini, it continues to corrode and release dangerous toxic substances in the marine ecosystems. Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation has been on the side of the local community since the first day
Despite the rough weather conditions prevailing in the Aegean these days, Archipelagos Institute was asked carry out within 1 day 2 emergency transfers of patients with serious health problems (not COVID 19) from a small to a larger island. With a continuous presence for over 24 years in the Aegean, there have been numerous similar
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 British University of

Students Take Action

Adapting to the special conditions of the time, the Archipelagos Institute continues an action which has been going on for 24 years, online, during which it offers non-profit lessons and activities of environmental education in schools. The aim was and is to inform and prepare the new inhabitants of the islands about the problems that
Out of all the students who have taken part in the environmental education lessons from Archipelagos Institute over the past 22 years, the most interesting and challenging questions are posed from the youngest students – a fact that fills us with hope, but also with great responsibility. What is certain, however, is that having followed
The planned increase by 70% of fish farming production in the coasts of Etoloakarnania (the westernmost part of Central Greece) was discussed at the recent meeting of the Regional Council of Western Greece, with a possibility that the previous approval of the proposal by the Regional Council could be reversed. The Archipelagos Institute, as a
Fragments and fibres of plastic waste exposed to the environment are already ubiquitous to all levels of the ecosystems and food chains of the Greek seas. This is according to the results of multi-level research conducted by the Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation. Idyllic Tourist Destination or Open Landfill? At a time when the Greek
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
An especially rare marine mammal species, the Black Sea Harbor Porpoise, was found stranded along the southern coast of Samos island. This is the first sighting of this species in this part of the Aegean. In over 20 years of research by Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation on marine mammals populations in the eastern Aegean,
At the 14th Los Angeles Greek Film Festival, a short documentary about the Aegean Marine Life Sanctuary is being presented as part of the film collection “IN THE AEGEAN SEA”. It is a production of Clawed Hat Films, which is based in South Africa. The main aim of the Aegean Marine Life Sanctuary, which is
At the MetroSea online conference “International Workshop on Metrology for the Sea” (http://www.metrosea.org/), Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation in collaboration with the University of Bari, Italy, presented part of its research on the distribution of Sperm whales and Cuvier's beaked whales in region of the Ikarian Trench. With depth exceeding 1100 meters this marine region
Early this morning, Naftilos, a research vessel of the Institute of Marine Conservation "Archipelagos", set sail for Astypalaia in the SE Aegean. We were invited to the island by the Municipality of Astypalaia, which we are in close cooperation with on numerous environmental issues, to take part in a very useful environmental meeting organized by
Two images of our plastic footprint in our seas: – A turtle attempting to swim among plastic debris washed into the sea after the first rainfall. – A rubbish bin which could be situated almost anywhere in Greece. This is an image which should insult all civilians who see this every day, but the power
The Citizen Science Observatory of Archipelagos Institute contributes to the monitoring of jellyfish blooms in Greece, proving once more how invaluable citizen science is as a source of information on the biodiversity of and the threats faced by our seas. We all can, and must, join forces, collaborate and exchange information so that we can
Start your Career with a Unique Experience! Limited Positions Still Available for On-site & Remote Internships in the Aegean Sea for the Autumn & Winter of 2020 – 2021 Despite the challenging times, while remaining on a COVID-free island and adhering to all necessary safety measures, the research team of Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation will continue to work and
The first record in Greece of the alien fish species Cheilodipterus novemstriatus was made a few days ago in Rhodes by a member of the Archipelagos’ Citizen- Science Observatory. Cheilodipterus novemstriatus is a fish of Indo-Pacific origin that has progressively invaded the Mediterranean Sea via the Suez Canal as a Lessepsian immigrant. The species was
Pserimos is a small island between Kos and Kalymnos, 4.5 miles off the coast of the Eastern Mediterranean, where its remaining permanent inhabitants stands at just around 25. Pserimos is considered a small Aegean diamond with fertile land and up until now with a lively sea. However, it is another typical example of the government’s

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
Koufonisia Classical Music Festival 2020 supports the conservation efforts of Archipelagos-Institute of Marine Conservation and more specifically, the Aegean Marine Life Sanctuary that is currently under construction on the island of Lipsi. With the aim of cultural decentralization, Koufonisia Classical Music Festival 2020  is being held for the 5th consecutive year, from July 19th to
It was a great honor but also great moral support for all those who comprise Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation to be granted the Efkranti Award “Marilena Laskaridi” for the naval culture excellence and for the support to the Hellenic nautical heritage and tradition. The Efkanti award ceremony was carried out for the 12th successive
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