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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

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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

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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

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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

FEBRUARY | 2023

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

FEBRUARY | 2023

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

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Follow up of Mar Menor sanctuary population

DECEMBER | 2022

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

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Translocation campaign in the Venice Lagoon (Italy)

FEB | 2024

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

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Recruitment search in southeastern Iberian Peninsula

NOV | 2023

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 

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

DECEMBER | 2022

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

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