Marine Park

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The Na­tional Marine Park of Alonis­sos and the North­ern Spo­rades is a na­ture re­serve for marine life in the Mediter­ranean Sea. The park is es­pe­cially known for its pro­tec­tion of one of the most en­dan­gered mam­mals in the world – the Mediter­ranean monk seal. Park visi­tors can swim, dive or walk around the ac­ces­si­ble ar­eas to ob­serve the wildlife, though fish­ing and hunt­ing are only al­lowed in cer­tain ar­eas. In ad­di­tion to the wildlife, visi­tors can also see ar­chae­o­log­i­cal finds in the area, such as shipwrecks and old monas­ter­ies. An en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­gram ti­tled “The School of the Monk Seal” is also avail­able for young chil­dren dur­ing the sum­mer months at the MOm (Hel­lenic So­ci­ety for the Study and Pro­tec­tion of the Monk Seal) In­for­ma­tion Cen­ter on Alonis­sos. The Marine Park is lo­cated around the Spo­radic is­lands of Alonis­sos, Peris­tera, Ki­raPanaghia, Gioura, Psathoura, Piperi and Skant­zoura, though the man­age­ment of the park is reg­is­tered in Alonis­sos. More in­for­ma­tion can be found at the park’s web­site, alonis­sos.gr/en/marine-park/, and at MOm’s web­site, mom.gr.

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