Sea Turtle Preservation Society Of Greece 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 through monitoring and research, developing and implementing management plans, habitat restoration, raising public awareness and rehabilitating sick and injured turtles.
BRIEF HISTORY OF THE SEA TURTLE PROTECTION SOCIETY
During their holidays in the summer of 1977, Dimitris and Anna discovered that many sea turtles nested on the island of Zakynthos. They were loggerheads (Caretta caretta) and until that time the scientific community was unaware of the fact they had chosen some Greek beaches to nest. Dimitris and Anna Margaritoulis got more involved, they collected data that proved the importance of Zakynthos as a nesting site and urged the Greek government to protect the beaches. Articles were published in newspapers and magazines and speeches were given throughout Greece.