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Thursday, 14 December 2017

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The value of the North Sporades Ecosystem was acknowledged toward the end of the 1970s, when the first attempts of protection began.
The most famous is the Sporades Marine Park, around Alonissos. Here you can find one of the most endangered species in the world, the Mediterranean monk seal (Monachus, Monachus). Many centuries ago they have been wide spread along the cost lines of the Mediterranean Sea. However, nowadays just a few hundred are left and most of them are living in the marine park of Alonissos.  It covers well over 2.200 km2  and was founded in 1992 by a Presidential Decree.  In fact it is the only remaining National Marine Park in the whole of Greece.
The purpose of the park is to protect this unique ecosystem and to maximize the population of the monk seals living here. It is separated in 2 zones.
-Zone A : includes the islands of Alonissos, Peristera, Lechousa and Aderfia islands
-Zone B : includes the islands of Kira Panagia, Gioura, Grameza, Psathoura, Piperi, Skantzoura, Lagofitonissia
In an effort to protect the seals, boats are prohibited to pass within 3 sea miles of Piperi Island. The reason being that most often the monk seals will give birth to their babies here. As a result of this restriction, many other sea life creatures prosper here, more so than any other region of the Aegean Sea.
We have more than 80 species of birds sailing through the Sporades Islands. The most typical birds are the birds of prey, eleonora falcon, eagles, shag, manx shearwater, corys shearwater, seagulls and the very rare Audouins gull.
The Northern Sporades are also an important resting place for thousands of birds during their yearly migrations cycle. For example the Waterfowls enjoy their lay-over at the lake behind the Koukounaries beach.

Melanie and Celine Monnie


We would like to thank Crissy Stone and Andy Collins for most of the Skiathos Wild Life photographs, they have provided us with. If you would like to view more photographs click here.


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