01 Oct Project LIFE PINNA begins, for the conservation and repopulation of Pinna nobilis in the Mediterranean Sea
The European LIFE PINNA project has officially begun, one of the projects that will have us engaged for the next four years in the protection of Pinna Nobilis, one of the most threatened mollusks in the Mediterranean! It isn’t a well-known species of the Mediterranean, but it is certainly among the most fragile and particular.
The castanet of the sea is a large bivalve mollusk, endemic of Mare Nostrum that inhabits some sandy seabeds and Posidonia meadows. Unfortunately, due to the infection caused by a protozoan and other diseases, the population of this mollusk has experienced a large collpase since 2016. A decline so exponential that it prompted the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) to reclassify Pinna nobilis as Critically Endangered (CR), the maximum level of threat before extinction.
Hence the need for recovery action, the European project LIFE NAT/IT/001122 PINNA aims for the “Conservation and re-stocking of the Pinna nobilis in the western Mediterranean and Adriatic sea“, not only to protect surviving shellfish, but also to recover affected populations with innovative techniques.
You will find us at the forefront of all communication, information, awareness and networking actions in order to improve the conservation status of Pinna nobilis and write a new chapter for this species, introducing a new future.
LIFE PINNA is a project made possible thanks to the European financial instrument, LIFE, and the collaboration of domestic and international partners, united in the defense of biodiversity:
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