In 18 January 2019, in the framework of the project LIFE Andros Park, the local team visited the beach of Vori, in order to clean the beach of plastics and other marine debris, for the improvement of the habitat of the Mediterranean Monk Seal, the Mediterranean Shag and the Audouin’s Gull, as well as for the systematic recording of plastic and microplastic found at coasts of Andros island. Plastics and other waste debris of estimated weight of about 250 kg, were removed from the beach. Furthermore, sampling for the estimation of the quantities of plastic and microplastic at the beach carried out. The cleaning of selected beaches and recording of plastics and microplastics will continues throughout the project.
Researchers of MOm visited all the marine caves, shelters of the Mediterranean Monk Seal, at the project area in January. They checked the automated infrared cameras that have been installed and collected the necessary scientific data. The field work was carried out with the coordinated action of the MOm and the Municipality of Andros teams, for whose needs the Municipality's vessel "Calypso" was used. The important collected data are already being analysed, in order to be used for the completion of the report on the status of the Mediterranean Monk Seal’s habitat in the broader area of Andros Island.
On 9th of December, a meeting with residents and land owners was held in the area of Vori, in order to inform them on the activities that will take place at the riparian-alluvial alder forests found at Vori and Lefka, following the previous information meeting held in Arni in July. A detailed discussion and exchange of views, on how the planned interventions are going to be implemented - with the involvement of residents and local stakeholders - was carried out, in order to maximize the expected benefits and the positive impacts of the project.