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The Cyprus Scientific Committee of Underwater Activities (Part of CFUA) would like to convey our gratitude to the Cyprus Tourist Organization, particularly to Mr. Glafkos Kariolou, an exceptionally experienced scientist. His professional guidance and extraordinary knowledge, together with his tremendous mastery of maritime affairs, has helped us from the very early stage of research of the Mazotos shipwreck and related activities on marine affairs. He enables us to gather strength and cope with all the issues concerning sea matters in Cyprus.


We are also grateful to the University of Cyprus, especially to Dr. Stella Demesticha. Her scientific perception has made us a continuous oasis of ideas and passions in underwater archeology. Professor Demetrios Michaelides, director of the research unit of archaeology at the University of Cyprus has been a crucial contributor; he is the backbone of this research. In addition, we would like to express our sincere appreciation to the Thetis Foundation, especially to Mr. Adonis Papadopoulos, with his highly valuable contribution and his love for Cyprus. The Mazotos project would not have existed without him.

Individual acknowledgments are also owed to our colleague members of the Cyprus Federation Scientific Committee for their volunteer work on the Mazotos shipwreck, the Liberty shipwreck, the risk-evaluation assessment, and the assignments from the Cyprus Tourist Organization on marine biodiversity of the Mazotos shipwreck and training Cyprus University students in scuba diving in accordance with CMAS standards. It is a pleasure to mention and thank each one individually: Andreas Troullides, Giorgos Troullides, Christos Patsalides, Costas Andreou, Pantelis Themistokleous, Yiangos Hadjiyiannis, Gregoris Savvides, Michalis Andreou Polyvios Savva, Dr. Pantelis Chimonides, Giannos Kiriakou, and Andri Heracleous.

 Additinally we thank Melina Markou and Nikoals Nikolaou (marine biologists) who have put an immense amount of time and knowledge to prepare the book manual in respect of marine biology.    

Needless to say, we thank all the members of the Cyprus Federation Scientific Committee and CMAS diver instructors for actively participating on the above projects. In addition, special thanks to the president of the Cyprus Underwater Federation, Mr. Christakis Eleftheriou, for all the support and assistance he has given us.


And thank you to everyone else who has participated in the success of the important projects listed above.


Prof. Stavros Kaniklides President of  Cyprus Scientific Committee. Cyprus Federation of Underwater Activities

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