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Workshops, participation at conferences, scientific publications

Planning Workshop for the Identification of Marine IBAs and Seabird Monitoring, 6th-8th March 2009, Athens

Workshop for the Identification of Marine IBAs and Seabird Monitoring
Working group during the workshop for the Identification of Marine IBAs and Seabird Monitoring
Presentation of Dr. D. Ristow during the workshop for the Identification of Marine IBAs and Seabird Monitoring

The 1st project workshop was organized in Vravrona (near Athens) on the 6th-8th March 2009, and was focused on the improvement of information exchange between the project team and other national and international experts on seabird conservation. Although the main objectives of the workshop were to improve networking and exchange of knowledge and expertise between organisations and individuals involved in the protection of seabirds and the designation of Marine IBAs, it also intended to use the expertise of the workshop participants to finalize the methods involved in the designation of Marine IBAs in the framework of the present project. A total of 44 participants, both from Greece and abroad, took part in the workshop. The workshop’s agenda was divided in four main subjects: (1) general survey methods, (2) species specific methods, (3) conclusions and (4) fieldwork plan for 2009 regarding Marine IBAs. Participants from Greece included project staff and national seabird conservation experts. Participants from abroad included experts in the field of seabird surveys, Marine IBAs and seabird conservation, as well as the representatives of other Birdlife partners that are planning the implementation of similar projects in their countries (i.e. Slovenia, Bulgaria). The results and conclusions of the workshop provided the baseline guidelines, information and methodologies for the implementation of the project actions. Contacts with workshop participants continued after the workshop in order to finalize seabird methodologies and to exchange technical information regarding the implementation of project actions.

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Workshop for the study and conservation of seabirds, February 2010, Istanbul

Presentation in Instanbul
Pilot seabird coastal counts at the Bosphorus.

HOS not only carries out research and conservation actions in Greece, but also promotes the implementation of similar projects in other countries. In particular, it promotes networking and cooperation with those foreign ornithological organizations and research institutions from neighbouring countries also aiming at the conservation of seabirds. In this context, a meeting was held in Istanbul, organized by Doğa Derneği (BirdLife partner in Turkey) and attended by HOS and BSPB (BirdLife partner in Bulgaria). The main objective of this meeting was the exchange of knowledge and rendering of know-how from HOS’ part. This meeting also marked the beginning of coordinated and common actions among the three organizations for the study and conservation of seabirds.

HOS carried out a basic training on the main seabird survey methods, including two practical sessions at the Bosphorus, both from sea and from land.

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Seabird LIFE Project Closing Workshop, 3rd-4th December 2012, Athens

Project’s closing workshop took place in Athens, on the 3-4th December 2012 and was attended by 46 participants including representatives of the project partners, Greek NGOs, BirdLife partners, seabird experts from Greece and abroad, Management Bodies of the Marine National Park of Alonnisos Northern Sporades and Karpathos – Saria. Additionally, the workshop was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Environment, Energy & Climate Change and the Ministry of Rural Development and Food, which are competent for the issues on Protected Areas/ Natura 2000 Network and fisheries in Greece, respectively. Participation of representatives of the Ministries and the Management Bodies is considered to be of vital importance for optimal utilization of project outputs e.g. marine IBAs inventory, results of bycatch assessment, conservation measures such as rat eradications and gull control by the competent authorities.

Closing workshop presentations


Scientific publications

10th International Conference of Seabird Group held in Bruges, Belgium. 27-30Μarch 2009.

Preliminary results of monitoring the breeding performance of the Cory’s Shearwater on Strofades Island Complex (Ionian Sea, Western Greece). Karris G., Xirouchakis S., Grivas K., Dimalexis T., Fraguedakis-Tsolis S., Sinos G. & Sfendourakis S. pdf

11thInternational Congress on the Zoogeography, Ecology and Evolution of Eastern Mediterranean -11th ICZEGAR-), 21-25 October 2009, Irakleio, Crete

Elements of Breeding Biology and estimation of reproduction success in a N. Aegean colony of the seabird Phalacrocorax aristotelis desmarestii. Thanou E., Christidis A., Giokas S., Sfenthourakis S. & Fraguedakis-Tsolis S. pdf

3 rdInternational Eurasian Ornithology Congress –IEOC-), 8-10 Απριλίου 2010, Mytilini

First data on seabird by-catch from the Greek gillnet and long-line fishery (Ionian Sea, western Greece). G.Karris, K. Poirazidis, D. Tziertzidis, D. Vourgaris, J. Fric, D. Portolou & S. Sfendourakis pdfΔιαβάστε εδώ το pdf

Brief Report on European Seabirds at Sea (ESAS) recordings in Greece. K. Gaganis, J.Fric, T. Dimalexis, P. Dendrinos, M. Panayiotopoulou, S. Zakkak pdf

Comparison of modeling approaches for estimating abundance patterns of seabirds in the N. Aegean Sea using ESAS data. S. Zakkak, M. Panagiotopoulou & J.M. Halley pdf

Poster presentations in Mytilini © HOS

Poster presentations in Mytilini © HOS

Project’s poster presentations at the 3 rd International Eurasian Ornithology Congress in Mytilini © HOS© HOS

5thPanhellenic Congress of Ecology «Ecological processes in space and time », 7-10 October 2010, Patra

Presentation at the 5th Panhellenic Congress of Ecology in PatraAudouin’s Gull population in Greece 10 years after. D. Portolou, V. Saravia Mullin, J. Fric, Α. Evangelidis & Τ. Dimalexis pdfΔιαβάστε εδώ το pdf

A failed breeding period for the Mediterranean Shag in Northern Aegean.Ε. Thanou, Α. Christidis, J. Fric, S. Giokas, S. Sgendourakis & S. Fraguedakis – Τsolis pdfΔιαβάστε εδώ το pdf


Application of ESAS methodology for the estimation of distribution, abundance and behavioural patterns of seabirds in the North Aegean Sea. Sylvia Zakkak, Master Thesis pdfΔιαβάστε εδώ το pdf 

8th Conference of the European Ornithologists’ Union, 27-30 August 2011, Riga, Latvia

Poster presentation at the 8th Conference of the European Ornithologists’ Union, Riga-Latvia Does by-catch pose a threat to seabirds in the Ionian Sea (Eastern Mediterranean)? A quantitative research of local fisheries – J. Kalfopoulou, Z. Kitsou, G. Karris, K. Poirazidis & J. Fric pdfΔιαβάστε εδώ το pdf




3th MEDMARAVIS Pan-Mediterranean Symposium, October 2011, Alghero, Sardinia

Presentation at the 13th MEDMARAVIS Pan-Mediterranean Symposium, in Alghero (Sardinia)
The breeding population of Audouin’s Gull Larus audouinii in Greece – V. Saravia, D. Portolou, A. Evangelidis, K. Gaganis, A. Manolopoulos & J. Fric pdfΔιαβάστε εδώ το pdf 

Conservation actions for the Mediterraneran Shag Phalacrocorax aristotelis and Audouin’s Gull Larus audouinii in Greece, including inventory of relevant marine IBAs - Jakob Fric, Roula Trigou, Panagiotis Dendrinos, Georgios Karris, Panagiota Peristeraki and Tasos Dimalexis presentation


10th Panhellenic Symposium of Oceanography and Fisheries, May 2012, Athens

Evaluation of seabird by-catch mortality as a conservation threat in the Southern Ionian Sea (Eastern Mediterranean) - Karris G., Fric J., Kitsou Z., Kalfopoulou J. & Poirazidis K pdfΔιαβάστε εδώ το pdf

 “International Workshop on Island Natural Restoration”, May 2012, Corvo island, Azores

- Island natural habitat restoration on Greek islands – J. Fric 

Island natural habitat restoration on Greek islands – J. Fric

12thInternational Congress on the Zoogeography, Ecology and Evolution of Eastern Mediterranean -11th ICZEGAR-), 18-22 June 2012, Athens

- Foraging distribution and behaviour of the Audouin’s Gull (Larus audouinii) in the Aegean Sea – J. Fric, V. S. Mullin, A. Evangelidis, K. Gaganis, D. Portolou, T. Kastritis pdfΔιαβάστε εδώ το pdf

-Identification of Marine Important Bird Areas (Marine IBAs) for the Mediterranean Shag (Phalacrocorax aristotelis desmarestii) and Audouin’s Gull (Larus audouinii) in Greece - . J. Fric, A. Manolopoulos, P. Dendrinos, P. Kasapidis, P. Peristeraki, G. Karris, 1T. Kastritis pdfΔιαβάστε εδώ το pdf



6th Panhellenic Congress of Ecology "Ecological Research in Greece: Trends, Challenges and Applications". 4-7 October 2012, Athens

-Genetic structure and patterns of differentiation of black rat (Rattus rattus) in island-islet complexes of Greek Seas. Tsaparis D., Fric J., Kristoffersen J.B., Karris G. & Kassapidis P. (in greek) pdfΔιαβάστε εδώ το pdf

-Qualitative and  quantitative evaluation of the awareness level of the visitors of the information kiosk in Zakynthos, in the framework of the LIFE07 NAT/GR/000285 project, Ziarka D., Martinis Α., Karris G., Kambasi Α., Trigou V. 2012. (in greek) pdfΔιαβάστε εδώ το pdf

-Evaluation of the abundance and distribution of three seabird species in the Northern Aegean Sea:  what is the importance of the area for their conservation? Zakkak S., Panagiotopoulou Μ., & Halley J.M. (in greek)  pdfΔιαβάστε εδώ το pdf

19th Benelux Congress of Zoology, Integrative biology “From ecology to molecules”. Université Libre de Bruxelles. Bruselles, 19-20 October 2012.

-Spatiotemporal distribution and behaviour of three common seabird species in Laganasgulf and Argassi (SE Zakynthos, Ionian Sea, Western Greece). Drechsel F., Karris G., Kokkali A., Voulgaris M.D. & Poulicek M pdfΔιαβάστε εδώ το pdf


take part in the Greek seabird population census

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LIFE Natura 2000

LIFE07 NAT/GR/000285
Concrete conservation actions for the Mediterranean Shag and Audouin's Gull in Greece, including the inventory of relevant marine IBAs

The project is implemented by the Hellenic Ornithological Society, in collaboration with the Hellenic Society for the Study and Protection of the Monk Seal (ΜΟm), the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR), the Technological Institution (TEI) of Ionian Islands and the Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds (SPEA), with the financial support of the European Commission and the co-financing of the A.G. Leventis Foundation.
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