Keep in Touch

Subscribe to stay up to date on Seacology’s events, trips, and projects.

  • Email Address
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.



Amathos River


Conservation benefit: Restoration of critical habitat of the freshwater blenny, a native fish that may be extinct on the island

Date Approved: 08.2022


This project protects freshwater habitat around a river or lake.

There is a hunt going on in Cyprus—an intensive search for a small fish that may have disappeared entirely from its ancestral home in the island’s rivers. This elusive creature is the freshwater blenny (Salaria fluviatilis), the island’s only native freshwater fish species. After years of habitat degradation, pesticide use, and lax enforcement of environmental regulations, the blenny has seemingly vanished.

Seacology is helping the Cyprus Environment Foundation restore the critical river habitat of the blenny. If some of the little fish have managed to survive, the restoration will give them a chance to reestablish stable populations. If there aren’t any survivors, the CEF hopes to implement a captive breeding program and reintroduce the fish to the river.

This project, which restores island habitat that particularly benefits a species in danger of extinction, is well aligned with Seacology’s mission. And of course, returning the environment to a healthier, more natural condition will also help myriad other plant and animal species, not just the blenny. The restoration part of the project includes:

  • Cleaning up key areas of the Amathos River
  • Planting 1,000 native, fire-resistant tree seedings

Another part of the project is focused on getting local people actively involved in conservation. From our experience, we know that public education and involvement are key to the long-term success of any conservation initiative. To raise awareness and commitment, our partners will:

  • Involve local people in citizen science, testing water quality under staff supervision
  • Launch a public education campaign, installing signage along the river, providing educational materials to local schools, and distributing 20,000 leaflets


Project Updates

January 2023

Our nonprofit partner, the Cyprus Environment Foundation (CEF), worked with volunteers to clean up key areas of the Amathos River, collecting 50 bags of trash as well as large items such as tires and furniture. They planted more than 1,000 native, fire-resistant tree seedlings along the river. To spread the word about the importance of the river environment, they put up signs along the river and created materials for schools. They distributed almost 20,000 informational leaflets to governmental departments, schools, stores, and individuals. They also held a seminar for ecology students at the University of Nicosia.


Read more
- +