The Mediterranean Monk Seal (Monachus monachus) is one of the most endangered marine mammals in the world. By using remote autonomous camera technology, we are monitoring the the local sub-population to better understand it for conservation. You can help by reporting sightings of marine mammals including the monk seal.
Posidonia oceanica is a flowering grass found at depths of 1- 40m. They are one of the largest and oldest living organisms on earth, and naturally reduce global warming by absorbing carbon dioxide. We are working to monitor and protect this crucial species.
Public engagement and awareness has been a major goal for KOSAMARE since its conception. In partnership with Fiskardo Divers, we have been installing an environmental museum in the office and an underwater museum so that visitors and divers can gain an understanding of the local marine environment.
Waste is a major problem for the Mediterranean, an almost entirely enclosed sea with a large dense coastal population. We are running waste collection initiatives on land and sea. Check out some of our projects.
Many invasive species access the Mediterranean Sea through the Suez Canal. The invasion of those Lessepsian species in the Eastern Mediterranean is having detrimental effects on the native ecology. We aim to address the issue through the creation of a Ionian dive center network, facilitating study and monitoring.
Through an outdoor exhibition in Fiskardo, Kefalonia, we want to combine art and science to enable different forms of knowledge to be recognize. Our goal is to showcase the history, folklore and mythology of the monk seal through art and community engagement aimed at conservation.
The streets of Fiskardo are the playground of many cats. Although the cats in Fiskardo are well fed during the summer from table scraps and friendly tourists, they often have a tough winter and some don’t survive. We appeal through the summer for people to donate cat food
Over the years our team has come across animals in need of rescue or recieved reports of turtles or seals that have been injured. Hear the stories of their rescue and recovery here.