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What we are doing
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Translocations in Greece with the University of the Aegean and IMEDMAR

JUN | 2024

Translocations of Pinna nobilis individuals in Greece, with the visit of the IMEDMAR team

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Translocation Campaign by IOPR and UCV in Mèze, France

FEB | 2024

Juveniles were collected from a transit area of the Étang de Thau lagoon to transfer them to a safer location on Embiez Island


Recovery of larval collectors in Mallorca (Spain)

OCT-NOV | 2023

IMEDMAR-CSIC persists in the search for pen shell larvae within the framework of the project

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Monthly follow up of the resistant adults in the Alfacs Bay (Spain)

OCT | 2023

Constant monitoring of the highly affected zone, focusing on parasite impact and survival patterns


Translocation of individuals in Greece

JULY | 2023

28 juvenile individuals were translocated to a sanctuary area in Kalloni Gulf

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Collection of Pinna nobilis from the Mar Menor coastal lagoon

JUNE | 2023

UA is developing various assays to establish protocols for the collection and translocation of Pinna nobilis


Looking for optimal sites in Formentera island (Spain)

APRIL | 2023

Optimal areas free of the pathogen (sanctuary) are being explored by CSIC-IEO in the Balearic Islands

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Reproduction assays and tank maintenance of healthy individuals


Improvement and maximizing the possibilities of captive reproduction in IMEDMAR-UCV (Calpe, Valencia) and UA installations (Murcia)

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First follow up of the translocated individuals in Ebro Delta 

JANUARY | 2023

Monitoring of the 5 selected areas of the Alfacs Bay that have been monthly sampled throughout the 2022

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Monitoring the penshell population status in the Venice Lagoon (Italy)

MAY | 2024

Follow up of the Venice Lagoon resistant population and collection of biological samples


19 Pinna sp. were retrieved from the collectors in Calpe this 2023

JAN | 2024

The identification to species levels is currently underway in the IMEDMAR-UCV installations


Recovery of larval collectors in northern Catalonia (Spain)

OCT | 2023

In collaboration with Forestal Catalana and Submon, juveniles were found in the north of Spain


Essays to improve feeding of Pinna nobilis in ex-situ conditions are being carried out

SEPT | 2023

Findings on feeding recommendations will be published as a protocol by the Murcia University Aquarium-UA and IMEDMAR

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Installation of larvae collectors  in Spain, France, Italy and Greece

JUNE | 2023

Collectors are installed ahead of the breeding season to signal larval availability and potential recruitment


Sample collection for Immunology and Parasitology studies in Spanish and Italian regions

MAY | 2023

Francesca Carella (UNINA) is studying a potential new infection linked to immunodeficiency


MPAs proposal in Greece as an environmental improvement in fan mussel sanctuary areas

APRIL | 2023

13 new Marine Protected Areas were defined and proposed towards the conservation of the species


Shallow census in the Fangar Bay and follow up of resistant adults


Monitoring of translocated juveniles in the Fangar Bay took place this Februrary 2023


Follow up of Mar Menor sanctuary population


The University of Murcia, the University of Alicante, and Ecologistas en Acción conduct a thorough search through the lagoon to discover new individuals


Translocation campaign in the Venice Lagoon (Italy)

FEB | 2024

 Island IMEDMAR-UCV visited UNINA as part of the translocation efforts and tissue sampling


Recruitment search in southeastern Iberian Peninsula

NOV | 2023

CIMAR-UA is actively searching for recruits of Pinna nobilis potentially present in collectors


Deep census had been carried out at the Balearic Islands

OCT | 2023

Higher efforts to find new individuals have been done in the National Park of Cabrera due to the high densities recorded


IEO and IRTA carried out visual census in shallow areas in Ebro Delta (Spain)

SEPT | 2023

A distance sampling survey was conducted for estimating the abundance of the species in the Alfacs bay


Follow up of juvenile individuals in Greece

JUNE | 2023

40 P. nobilis juveniles are being monitored to study their survival and growth rate in Kalloni Gulf


Monitoring P. nobilis resistant individuals in Menorca island (Spain)

APRIL | 2023

Follow up of adult individuals is being conducted monthly in Balearic islands by CSIC-IEO


Translocation of shallow areas individuals exposed to desiccation to deeper areas

MARCH | 2023

Regrouping of potentially resistant individuals and reallocation of juveniles found in shallow areas in Alfacs Bay, Spain


Revision of possible emerged P. nobilis at the Alfacs Bay

JANUARY | 2023

Search for individuals in risk of death because of low tide and extreme conditions 


Implementation of sedimentation fences in Alfacs Bay (Ebro Delta, Spain)


IRTA’s proposal for environmental improvement in fan mussel sanctuary areas (action C.6.)

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