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On 23 July 2022, the presentation of the newly founded Triton Association, a third sector organisation, was held in an exceptional location: the Yacht Club in Porto Rotondo, Sardinia. The Triton Charity Dinner was the occasion to present the Association to a wide audience, telling about the projects in progress and those to come. The Triton Association was born out of a love for the sea, to actively work to protect the Mediterranean, biodiversity and the landscape, and coastal and marine heritage. The Association thanked all participants for their presence and the Porto Rotondo Yacht Club for hosting the event and providing...

It is not the first time that turtles have been dealt with. In fact, in 2004, the Life Tartanet project created a network, thanks to which the exchange of data and the creation of a shared national database laid the foundations for the study of various skills. Life Conceptu Maris project, with the help of the University of Turin, is now pursued these skills. Researchers at the University were the first to use circular hooks, making it easier to extract the hook from the turtles' mouths. They have also better studied their nesting and can now focus on the impact that...

8 June is World Oceans Day, established by the Environment Summit held in Rio De Janeiro in 1992 and recognised in 2008 by the United Nations. On this very important day, the LIFE Pinna project, in which Triton Research is a management and communication partner, has made progress. In Camogli, researchers from the University of Genoa have finished preparing the tanks that will house Pinna nobilis specimens, from larvae to adults. The same laboratory was also used for experiments on Patella ferruginea and sea urchins. Meanwhile, researchers from the Nacionalni Institut za Biologijo are researching Pinna nobilis using census and selective surveys....

One of the routes most studied by the new LIFE Conceptu Maris project, in which Triton Research is a partner, is undoubtedly the one connecting the two largest Italian islands, the Sardinia Channel. The biologists Capo Carbonara Marine Protected Area, who have been exploring this route connecting Palermo and Cagliari since 2013, will be in charge of this area. Young specimens of Caretta caretta have been spotted and their movements studied, leading to an understanding of the important role that surface currents play in their movements and identifying the reason for the unusual concentration of plastic waste in that area. Citizen...

Researchers found a never-before-reported live specimen of Pinna nobilis off the coast of Miramare, where "Mare Caldo" project is taking place. This event lifted the morale of the staff of the LIFE Pinna project, managed by Triton Research and other partners, after the unsuccessful dives on the 30th anniversary of the Natura 2000 Network and Life Programme, in Trieste's Canal Grande in Piazza Ponterosso, only a few days earlier. The project was a great success in terms of participation, not only among locals but also among tourists visiting that day. But why were those places chosen for diving? The answer is very...

The new LIFE Conceptu Maris Project, which Triton Research manages with ISPRA, has different and more ambitious objectives than other projects working on cetaceans and sea turtles. Forty organisations and partners are involved in the project, and all together will work to obtain data that can be easily compared and assembled. Indeed, data collection will take place in several fields, including ship sightings, genetic analysis, modelling and satellites. A similar-sized project managed by ISPRA started in 2007 and sees LIFE Conceptu Maris as a natural continuation. In this case, ISPRA will coordinate all partners and provide them with the means...

The LIFE Pinna project, devised by Triton Research and ARPAL, during the "Terrazza incontra" programme broadcast on Primocanale. The episode dedicated to "The future of the sea" gave Monica Montefalcone and Alice Oprandi of the project staff the opportunity to explain the initiative. But what exactly do we know about this species? Researchers at the University of Genoa, who have been studying Pinna nobilis for many years, can shed some light on the subject: Very widespread before an epidemic in 2016 decimated its population, Pinna nobilis was present in virtually all Posidonia-covered seabed, as this is the preferred habitat of the small...

Edited by Tommaso De Lorenzi   On this day, almost 50 years ago. In Washington, an important international treaty was signed to regulate the trade of endangered fauna and flora: the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species, known to most as CITES. This is the reason that the General Assembly of the United Nations chose this very anniversary to establish World Wildlife Day, a day to raise awareness about the conservation of the wild species that populate our planet and increase awareness about their importance. The central theme of the 2022 edition is the "Recovering Key Species for Ecosystem Restoration" an essential point...

Edited by Giulia Luzi    Today officially marks the start of the CONCEPTU MARIS project funded by the European instrument LIFE [LIFE20 NAT/IT/001371] "Conservation of Cetaceans and Pelagic sea Turtles in the Mediterranian: Managing Actions for their Recovery In Sustainability".  The project was thought up over a year ago, based on the knowledge that the Mediterranean Sea is undergoing serious changes due to increasing anthropogenic pressures. On this front, cetaceans and pelagic sea turtles, are among the most charismatic and important species of our seas, and they are currently at great risk in terms of conservation. Their ecological value is undeniable: they are defined as...

Edited by Giulia Luzi   The project LIFE A-MAR NATURA2000 [LIFE20 GIE/IT/001352] is dedicated to the enhancement and preservation of marine areas of the Natura 2000 network, launched today (should put the date) and will conclude on October 1, 2025. The belief behind the idea of the project is that "if we know and love the N2000 marine sites we will aim higher and take the right precautions to better protect them".  Below are the many regions of Europe in which project Life A-Mar Natura 2000 will be implemented: Languedoc-Roussillon, Provence-Alpes-Côte d' Azur, Corse, Ionia Nisia, Sterea Ellada, Sicily, Sardinia, Puglia, Marche, Liguria,...