The Aegean Marine Life Sanctuary
The Aegean Marine Life Sanctuary which is currently under construction on the island of Lipsi aims to: • Provide for the first time in the world rehabilitation in a natural environment to dolphins rescued from captivity. • Provide expert veterinary medical care to stranded marine species such as dolphins, seals and sea turtles, using the highest standard of animal welfare. • Serve as a research and educational facility, that allows study without human disturbance to the animals. It will provide professional training in marine animal welfare, as well as practising conservation and fieldwork. • Serve as a innovative prototype model for the development of future sanctuaries
Marine Mammal Conservation
Marine mammal research and conservation has been a key area of focus for Archipelagos Institute since its establishment. Work in this field aims to fill important knowledge gaps on the population distribution of marine mammals, whilst also recording and understanding the key factors that impact the survival of these populations, of rare and endangered species. Key factors that we assess include fisheries interactions, depletion of prey stocks, shipping traffic as well as pollution (plastic, chemical and noise pollution). The close cooperation with the local communities and authorities in all phases of this research and conservation is a key asset contributing to their protection.
Replanting the Forests of our Seas
The continued destruction of Posidonia seagrass meadows that takes place in the Greek seas, where no efficient conservation measures are applied, does not only cause important consequences to fisheries (as fish stock productivity is reduced) and in tourism (as beach erosion phenomena are caused) but also deprives us from the valuable services that these important ecosystems provide globally to limit the effects of climate change. After 3 years of experimental application of different methods for the replanting of Posidonia oceanica seagrass meadows on the island of Lipsi in the northern Dodecanese, through "Save the Aegean" Archipelagos is now initiating a new action for the habitat restoration method of seagrass meadows using storm fragments and biodegradable replanting methods.