Help conserve dolphins and fish stocks on the small Aegean island of Lipsi

A dramatic decline in fish stocks over the past decade has caused increased pressures on fishermen and marine mammals on Lipsi island. Help us make a difference
Anastasia Miliou
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Lipsi Island, Aegan Sea
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Thank you to all who donated to this worthwhile cause!

With a total of 27 funders we raised a brilliant €1280. This money will help us buy 1600 meters of nets that cover the needs of 12 fishermen of Lipsi. We did not reach our goal but it is a good start. We will keep on trying raising more funds so that we are able to support more fishermen, as well as, introducing this action in more Greek marine regions. By providing the fishermen these nets of a larger mesh, we will diminish conflict between them and the marine mammals, and will also help improve and regenerate fish stocks. After providing the nets, the Archipelagos team will work closely with the fishermen in order to improve the sustainable fishing of the area. Stay tuned for more updates on this project and on other projects that we develop at the time being.

Once again thank you so much for your kind donation!

Θα θέλαμε να ευχαριστήσουμε θερμά όλους εσάς που συνεισφέρατε σε αυτόν τον αξιόλογο σκοπό.

Δεχτήκαμε από συνολικά 27 δωρητές το ποσό των €1280. Μπορεί να μην φτάσαμε τον στόχο που είχαμε αρχικά θέσει, αλλά σίγουρα είναι μια καλή αρχή. Με το ποσό αυτό θα μπορέσουμε να αγοράσουμε 1600 μέτρα διχτυών τα οποία καλύπτουν τις ανάγκες 12 ψαράδων των Λειψών. Παράλληλα, συνεχίζουμε την προσπάθεια ανεύρεσης επιπλέον πόρων που θα μας επιτρέψουν να στηρίξουμε περισσότερους ψαράδες στους Λειψούς, αλλά και να επεκτείνουμε αυτή την προσπάθεια και σε άλλες περιοχές των ελληνικών θαλασσών. Με αυτά τα νέα επιλεκτικά δίχτυα στοχεύουμε να μειώσουμε τον ανταγωνισμό μεταξύ αλιέων και θαλάσσιων θηλαστικών και συνάμα θα βοηθήσουμε στην ανάκαμψη των ιχθυαποθεμάτων της περιοχής. Μετά την αγορά των διχτυών, η ομάδα του Αρχιπελάγους σκοπεύει να εργαστεί, όπως έκανε μέχρι και σήμερα, στο πλευρό των αλιέων, έτσι ώστε να συμβάλλει στην βελτίωση των αλιευτικών πρακτικών για μία βιώσιμη αλιεία. Μείνετε συντονισμένοι για περαιτέρω ενημερώσεις σχετικά με τις δράσεις μας.

Σας ευχαριστούμε και πάλι για την ευγενική δωρεά σας!

Save the dolphins and seals and help the fishing community on the small island of Lipsi in the Aegean Sea

According to legend, many years ago the island of Lipsi was where Ulysses met Kalypso to spend a long and infinite life. From this story the name Lipsi derives from Kalypso.

Lipsi is found in the eastern Aegean Sea in Greece and is home to a wonderful marine biodiversity, which includes many endangered marine mammals. The island has a small population, comprising only 790 inhabitants. Small scale fisheries have long been the basis of this community, providing food and jobs. Many of the islanders are small scale fishermen and with their small boats spend all night, every night working hard at sea.


The dramatic decline in fish stocks over the past decade has caused increasing pressure on both fishermen and marine mammals. Both have the same problem in finding fish and this causes an increase in conflict between small-scale fishermen and marine mammals such as the bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus), the critically endangered Mediterranean monk seal (Monachus monachus) and loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta).

As a result these rare marine animals increasingly take food directly from the nets of small-scale fishermen. Not only does this cause costly damage to the fishermen’s nets, but their catches are also being “stolen” and thus their earnings are reduced. Furthermore, on rare occasions, dolphins and monk seals sometimes can become entangled in the nets and die. This can be detrimental to populations, especially for the already critically endangered Mediterranean monk seal.


Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation ( is working to create a co-managed fisheries protected area around the island by working closely with the local community to give them active role in the protection of their fish stocks.

For this reason an international team of volunteer scientists and students from Archipelagos have been based on the island of Lipsi for the past 5 months and continue to work there in order to collect the necessary data for the creation of this fisheries protected area.

As a short-term solution to reduce the conflict between fishermen and marine mammals, Archipelagos’ scientists are seeking funds that will allow them to replace the fishermen's small-mesh nets with nets composed of a larger mesh. Marine mammals tend to cause less damage to these, while this type of net is also more selective (i.e. has bigger holes and catches larger fish) and hence contributes to a more sustainable fishery. This helps to reduce conflict between the two groups.


Archipelagos would like to help in reducing the conflict between the small scale fishermen and marine mammals by purchasing and providing the local fishermen with nets of larger mesh. These have two benefits:

  • First of all, they are less damaged by marine mammals
  • Secondly, because the larger holes in the nets are more selective, the fishing practice is more sustainable because smaller fish can escape and repopulate the area

> Help us protect marine mammals

> Help us reduce the conflict between artisanal fishermen and marine mammals, and actively involve fishermen in their conservation.

> Help us ensure sustainable practices of fishing, with minimum damage to the environment.

> Help us protect and increase fish stocks

> Help us collaborate with more fishermen across more Aegean Islands.



Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation is an environmental non-profit organization, committed to protect and defend the marine and island biodiversity of the North Eastern Mediterranean. Our main actions are to:

  • Carry out scientific work about biodiversity conservation
  • Work in close collaboration with the local communities
  • Report actions to national and EU authorities
  • Develop realistic and sustainable management measures, in cooperation with the island communities

Visit us on our website or our facebook page

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