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Every year, around 200 nests are protected on the 23.5 km of beach monitored by ARCHELON in Lakonikos Bay, in south Peloponnesus. Nesting occurs on Evrotas beach, from Kokkinia to Trinisa. Sea turtles can also be found nesting on the beaches of Vathi, Mavrovouni, Selinitsa and Valtaki and sporadic nesting has been noted on other beaches of the Bay.

Lakonikos Bay is important as a loggerhead nesting area, but also provides refuge for many other species within the Evrotas Delta region, one of the last remaining important wetlands in southern Greece. The extensive sand dune system backing Evrotas beach is largest in southern Peloponnesus and is inhabited by rare and endangered plant species, such as the Sea Daffodil (Pancratium maritimum). The marine ecosystem in Lakonikos is characterised by some of the most extensive Posidonia sea grass beds in Greece. The Posidonia ecosystem provides a home to many species of fish, as well as shelter to the eggs of many organisms and sea turtle hatchlings. Furthermore, the local Posidonia sea grass beds have been identified as development habitat of juvenile green turtles (Chelonia mydas).

In 1989, the first pilot project with fishermen in Greece was launched in the Bay of Lakonikos. This work was the starting point for the activities of ARCHELON towards the implementation of collaborative programs with fishermen in other areas.

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