MOm (The Hellenic Society for the Study and Protection of the Monk Seal) was founded in 1988. It is one of the most active and recognized Greek Non Governmental Organization. In acknowledgement of MOm’s contribution to the conservation of nature, the organization was accepted in 1996 as a member by IUCN. MOm, is also among the acknowledged research institutes and the only acknowledged NGO in Greece, according to the CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora).
A few weeks ago MOm contacted with Tethys Research Institute seeking for support and training for Androniki (Niki) Pardalou researcher/co-ordinator of their new Northern Aegean Dolphins Project, a dolphin project at the National Marine Park of Alonnisos. During the last week Niki has been the guest of the Ionian Dolphin Project and has participated actively in every single aspect of our research with the intention of providing her with the opportunity to become familiarized and trained in the field research methods we use, with particular attention to photoidentification.
To count with her as part of our team has been a real pleasure and has offered us the possibility to learn more about each other’s interest and our respective research projects. This collaboration helped Tethys and MOm to strengthen our existing partnership, and to explore new joint initiatives and endeavours, in order to achieve our common goals and objectives.