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LIFE PINNARCA

A European project focusing on the recovery of the fan mussel Pinna nobilis in the Mediterranean Sea

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About us

An unprecedented mass mortality event has affected the fan mussels since September 2016. The pandemics has killed 99% of the populations. Only a few relict populations remain in sanctuary areas (deltas and marine coastal lagoons).

The aim of LIFE PINNARCA is avoiding the extinction of the species, involve citizen science in its protection and improve the environmental quality of the sanctuaries.

The results of this project can be applied to other marine species affected by pandemic diseases and the actions improve the environmental quality and monitoring of other relevant marine areas and species.

"The happiness of the bee and the dolphin is to exist. The human's happiness is to discover this and marvel at it."

Jacques Cousteau

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Project partners

The project is coordinated by Professors José Rafael Garcia-March and José Tena Medialdea, Scientific Coordinator and Director of the Research Institute IMEDMAR-UCV of the Universidad Católica de Valencia

The project partners are:

  • Agencia Estatal Centro Superior de Investigaciones Científicas,

  • Instituto Español de Oceanografía, Centre Oceanogràfic de Balears, Spain

  • Instituto Mediterráneo de Estudios Avanzados, Univesitat de les Illes Balears, Spain

  • Ecologistas en Acción Región de Murcia, Spain

  • Institut Océanographique Paul Ricard, France

    Institut de Recerca i Tecnologia Agroalimentaries, la Ràpita, Spain

    Panepistimio Aigaiou, University of The Aegean – Research Unit, Greece

  • Universidad de Alicante, Spain

  • Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II – Dipartimento di Biologia, Italy

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Contact Us

IMEDMAR-UCV

C/Guillem de Castro, 94. 46001 Valencia, Valencia, Spain

+34 96 3637412 - Ext. 4502 or 2144

imedmar@ucv.es

Estación marina IMEDMAR-UCV

C/Explanada del Puerto s/n

03710 Calpe, Alicante, Spain

+34 628222700

imedmar@ucv.es

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