The Port of Heraklion is the main and most modern gate of entrance for passengers and cargo to the island of Crete. It is one of the ten Greek ports with national importance and has an exceptionally strategic position, since it is located in the center of the south-eastern Mediterranean Basin and interconnects three continents.
The fishing shelter is located in the old Venetian port and hosts more than 80 professional and leisure fishing boats. Most of these boats are characteristic of the Greek traditional type of wooden fishing boats (“trechantiria”) and have been constructed in one of the two shipyards which are currently operating within the land-based zone of the port. Several leisure cruising yachts and sailing boats are also hosted and served within the old port, especially during the summer months.
The passenger port of Heraklion is the third one in passenger traffic within Greece and serves about 2 million passengers every year and more than 300.000 vehicles. Two large and modern passenger vessels connect Heraklion with the port of Piraeus daily, while there is a direct connection with many other ports of the Aegean islands and with the port of Thessaloniki. The port of Heraklion also hosts a cargo zone, which also includes the transportation of fuels and cement.
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Christos Arvanitidis is a Senior Researcher, Institute of Marine Biology and Genetics at the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research. His research interests are: marine biodiversity, functional diversity, biodiversity informatics, and transitional ecosystems. From 1996-2006, he was a research collaborator in marine biodiversity at the Institute of Marine Biology of Crete and Institute of Marine Biology and Genetics, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Crete, Greece. Between 1994-1996, he was a Postdoctoral collaborator, Taxonomy, Zoogeography and Ecology of Marine Organisms, Zoology Department, School of Biology, Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki.
Dr Eva Chatzinikolaou is a post doc researcher in the Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology and Aquaculture of the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR).
Her main research interests focus on marine biodiversity and more specifically on the intertidal and lagoon ecology. Her scientific field includes research on invertebrate population dynamics, gastropod growth, reproduction and larval development. She has worked on techniques for ageing of gastropods using statoliths. Furthermore, she has studied aspects of marine pollution and environmental protection and she has investigated the phenomenon of imposex due to TBT pollution on marine gastropods.
She has published 15 scientific papers and participated in several international conferences. She has actively participated in four FP7 European projects, one ENPI CBC-MED project, two national projects and one regional project. She has wide experience on the implementation and management of European and national research projects. She was granted twice (2012, 2013) with an ASSEMBLE research funding and is currently participating in the project AcidOc which is funded under the Latsis foundation. She has worked on the implementation and management of the MAPMED (ENPI CBCMED) project (Management of Port Areas in the Mediterranean Basin). She is currently employed in the LifewatchGreece project as the Executive Project Manager.
Vasilis Gerovasileiou is a post doc researcher in the Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology and Aquaculture of the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research. His research interests are related to the biodiversity and ecology of marine benthic communities with special emphasis on sessile invertebrates. He has participated as a member of the research team in research projects which focused on marine biodiversity, biodiversity informatics, fisheries, marine conservation, coastal zone management, artificial reefs and diving tourism.