ARCHELON

Since 1983, the primary objective of ARCHELON, the Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece has been to protect the sea turtles and their habitats in Greece.

ARCHELON are involved with monitoring and research, developing and implementing management plans, habitat restoration, raising public awareness and rehabilitating sick and injured turtles.

Enthusiastic and committed volunteers are required to work at ARCHELON's sea turtle conservation projects in Greece. Zakynthos, Peloponnesus and Crete host major nesting areas for the loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) in the Mediterranean and have been monitored by ARCHELON, an environmental NGO for over 30 years. In Athens, ARCHELON also runs the only Sea Turtle Rescue Centre in Greece.

Volunteers are invited to work on the island of Zakynthos where the first National Marine Park for sea turtles in the Mediterranean was established in 1999, where they will assist the Management Agency of the NMPZ (National Marine Park of Zakynthos) in its task to implement protection measures for the preservation of the sea turtles. In Peloponnesus (Kyparissia Bay, Koroni and Lakonikos Bay), volunteers will protect nests against predation from foxes and other mammals, and assist in the running of the established Nature Information Centre of Agiannaki (Kyparissia Bay).

On the island of Crete (Chania, Rethymno and Messara), participants will work for the implementation of a Management Plan for the nesting areas. At the Sea Turtle Rescue Centre, volunteers will have the opportunity to participate in the daily treatment of sea turtles that usually bear injuries as a result of their accidental capture in fishing gear and help in raising of public awareness among the public as well as in the maintenance of the Centre's facilities. The latest project is Amvrakikos project which is very unique and aims on getting information for male sea turtles using the "rodeo" technique.

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