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These days, our research vessels Aegean Explorer and Naftilos are operating around Agathonisi island – a marine region of great importance that has been in the center of Archipelagos Institute’s focus for over two decades. The irony however stands to the fact that even in the case of islands as important as Agathonisi, the nation’s
bioacoustics internship
My name is Cecilia, and I have spent the past 3 months as an intern at the Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation. During my internship, I have deepened my knowledge in the field of bioacoustics through assisting other interns with their personal projects. The reason as to why I chose to not start a new
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collecting samples of Posidonia oceanica and Halophila stipulacea seagrass
My name is Alexandra Gimblett, and I am currently studying Marine and Freshwater Biology BSc at Aberystwyth University. While on my year in industry I chose to spend six months with Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation collecting samples of Posidonia oceanica and Halophila stipulacea seagrass in order to later perform DNA analysis at my university.
Department of Political Science – International Relations of Emmanuel College, USA – Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation  One of the key aims of the “International School of Sea” of Archipelagos Institute is to bring the Aegean in the international map of applied education for environmental conservation.  university studies for the environment, through the cooperation with
Μέδουσες, χταπόδια, καρχαρίες και η άγνοια που εκπέμπει η θαλασσινή μας χώρα
Over the last few days we have seen numerous articles, publications and social media posts warning citizens about “dangerous” jellyfish and “wild” shark hordes. Just to mention one similar example,  the post of a Greek American director – who states he doesn’t specialize  in sea issues –  managed to make many people wonder whether octopuses
Microplastics Workshop
At the Microplastics Workshop 2022 which took place a few days ago at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, the PhD candidate, Hayley Mcilwraith presented one of our most recent researches on microplastic pollution- a collaboration between Plymouth Marine Lab, the University of East Anglia and Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation. Research on microplastic
Olivier Poivre d'Arvor, απεσταλμένο του Προέδρου της Γαλλικής Δημοκρατίας, Πρέσβη αρμόδιο για τους Πόλους και θέματα θαλάσσιας πολιτικής
The Scientific Director of Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation, Anastasia Miliou met with the French Ambassador for Polar and Maritime Issues, Olivier Poivre d’Arvor and Katerina Spyropoulou, Attaché for Scientific and University Cooperation of the French Embassy in Greece. Sharing a common concern for the state of the Mediterranean marine ecosystems, fish stocks and protected
«Marine Environment Protection & Citizen Science»
In the framework of the 10th Regional Growth Conference that took place in the Conference & Cultural Center of the University of Patras, the Scientific Director of Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation, Anastasia Miliou participated in the session “Marine Environment Protection & Citizen Science.” “Environmental conservation is a responsibility we all share. As the time
WAP στηρίζει το Καταφύγιο Θαλάσσιας Ζωής
The international animal welfare organization, World Animal Protection has been supporting the creation of the Aegean Marine Life Sanctuary since the first day of this challenging endeavor. We just completed the filming in the Aegean for a short documentary that aims to present the significance of ending dolphin captivity. Our aim is to raise awareness
αναπαραγωγικά κοπάδια λούτσων
Most fish species form reproduction groups in warm shallow waters during this time of the year. For example the various species of Barracuda that gather in large shoals of hundreds of fish. Each female barracuda can release up to 300.000 eggs in the water. It goes without saying that each time we catch a fish
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Naftilos3
Over the past two days (Monday 23/05/2022 and Tuesday 24/05/2022) Naftilos’ crew of “Archipelagos” Institute of Marine Conservation recorded hundreds of explosions in the marine region of the NE Aegean. We presume that the explosions originated from the military exercises of the Turkish Navy, south of Izmir. The wider NE Aegean marine area is a
Καταφύγιο Προστασίας της Θαλάσσιας Ζωής
Recently, we had the pleasure to welcome students from the secondary school and high school of Lipsi, the island where the Aegean Marine Life Sanctuary and a great part of the International School of the Seas are located. During their visit, students and educators attended presentations about the biodiversity of the island and the surrounding
Aegean Explorer
As part of our collaboration with the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto, in the past few days we completed the preliminary phase of the joint workshop “Documentation of the cultural and natural landscape formations and ecological identity of islets”. One of the main goals of this
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the International School of the Sea
The International School of the Sea of the Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation continues its applied environmental field research programs as part of the multi-year collaboration with universities and colleges from Europe, the USA, and Canada. In April, we collaborated with the Secondary Technical School Otrokovice and for the 8th year in a row students
Sperm whales
For several years now, we recognize one of the two sperm whales in the photo from the big part missing from its tail. The sperm whale is the largest toothed whale in the world, with females measuring 8 – 12 meters and males 16 – 18 meters and weighing 24 and 57 tons respectively. It
Πηνελοπη
The research boat “Pinelopi” was launched yesterday after Archipelagos’ captains and crew completed its annual repairs. She is now ready to start, for the 23rd year, its challenging trips in the Aegean Sea. “Pinelopi” is a traditional two-masted sailing vessel (schooner) made of steel. She was constructed as a replica of a renowned sailing boat
Three dead striped dolphins, two adult females and a juvenile male, were found off the southeast coast of Samos island. It is estimated that the strong winds carried them there from another part of the Aegean, after they had been drifting for at least three days. The Stranding Response team of the Archipelagos Institute of
Archipelagos’ Marine Mammal Research team continue almost daily surveys at sea , on board the research vessels Naftilos and Pinelopi, despite the frequently rough seas of the autumn months. During 77 days of survey in the Northeastern Aegean, we had 124 sightings of marine mammal populations. The sightings include 4 species of dolphins (bottlenose, common,
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,

Microplastic Pollution Research

The goal of our research at Archipelagos’ microplastic laboratory is to identify the primary sources of plastic pollution and to quantify the extent of the contamination. Our researchers conduct thorough analyses to assess the abundance of microplastic fibers and fragments in various species and habitats in the Greek seas. Sample species are collected from all
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