Zakynthos Island

Zakynthos is a Greek island in the Ionian Sea. It is the third largest of the Ionian Islands. It covers an area of 405.55 km2 (156.6 sq mi)[1] and its coastline is roughly 123 km (76 mi) in length. In Zakynthos, Laganas bay has been established as a national park for the protection of turtles.

Map of the National Park of Zakynthos

National Marine Park of Zakynthos

The National Marine Park of Zakynthos (N.M.P.Z.) was established by a Presidential Decree in December 1999 (Government Gazette 906D, December 22, 1999), and is the very first institutionally established National Park area in Greece administered by a Management Agency. The National Park is, of course, the site of a variety of human endeavours, with tourism and agriculture as the main activities.

The N.M.P.Z. aims to protect the nesting beaches of the loggerhead sea turtle Caretta caretta, the monk seal Monachus monachus habitat and population, the avifauna, terrestrial and coastal flora and fauna, the marine ecosystem and fish stocks. In parallel, the Park is engaged in local development activities that are in line with nature conservation, as well as landscape and cultural heritage preservation.