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Crete International Freediving Meeting

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)  The 2nd Mediterranean Freediving Meeting and International Depth Competition are being held on the island of Crete between the 22nd June and the 5th of July 2009. The meeting is organised as an event for freedivers from around the world to meet, train, and enjoy the wonderful hospitality of Crete. The 1st Mediterranean Freediving Meeting is based in the picturesque seaside village of Sougia in the south of Chania and includes two weeks of organised depth training followed by a Mediterranean Depth Competition with World Record Status (June 29 and Sunday July 5).

Learn about Greek Olive Oil

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)    Greece is home to 120 million olive trees, more than 12 per Greek citizen. Since up to 70% of Greece’s olive oil is Extra Virgin Olive Oil, the highest standard available, Greece is the world’s leading exporter of Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Food and beverage account for €2 billion of Greek exports, with major destinations Italy (22.2%), Germany (17.6%), United Kingdom (8%), United States (5.4%), and Spain (4.6%). In 2008, the Food and Beverage sector grew by 1.2%. Olive oil accounts for almost 12% of the sector’s exports.  Invest in Greece Agency: New Markets, New Opportunities—Olive Oil

Greek Window to the Mediterranean Sea

» CretAquarium

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA) Since 2006, Greece has been home to one of the most impressive aquariums in the Mediterranean. The CretAquarium – part of the larger “Thalassokosmos” complex in Heraklion, Crete – is the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research‘s technological and scientific marvel. It houses approximately 2,500 marine organisms which visitors can look at from special observation points, whereas the use of remote-controlled cameras can further enjoy the experience.

» Rhodes Aquarium

The Rhodes Aquarium, located at the northern coastal tip of the city, was built by the island’s Italian administration in the period between 1934 -36 and presently operates as an aquarium museum and research centre. Its exhibits include specimens of anthozoa, molluscs, species of the crab family, a large variety of fish as well as sea turtles. The museum section showcases various kinds of sharks, toothed whales, and Mediterranean monk seals. The centre also runs research programmes, covering every aspect of oceanography in the area of the Dodecanese islands. Athens Plus: Rhodes – Secrets of the deep (30.4, p.43)