Monday, 18 February 2013
ARCHELON, the Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece
From mid May until mid October this year enthusiastic and committed volunteers are required to work on Archelon’s sea turtle conservation projects in Greece. Zakynthos, Peloponnesus and Crete are the Mediterranean’s major nesting areas for the loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta). Archelon is an environmental NGO that has been protected and monitored Greece’s loggerhead turtles for over 25 years.
Volunteers can work on the island of Zakynthos where the first National Marine Park for sea turtles in the Mediterranean was established in 1999. They will assist the management agency of the National Marine Park of Zakynthos 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 Crete (Chania, Rethymno and Messara), participants work on implementing a Management Plan for the nesting areas.
At the Sea Turtle Rescue Centre in Athens, volunteers have the opportunity to participate in the daily treatment of sea turtles that usually bear injuries as a result of accidental capture in fishing gear and help in raising of public awareness as well as maintaining of the Centre’s facilities.