IRTA is working with different partners in the LIFE PINNARCA project, which aims to save the endangered species Pinna nobilis. The Ebro Delta is one of the areas in Spain with the highest amount of fan mussel, so exhaustive work is being done in this area. It is an endemic mollusc in the Mediterranean that is critically endangered due to a parasite that has caused mortalities of up to 90% of specimens in the open sea.
More than thirty researchers, technicians and volunteers participated from July 11 to 15 in an exhaustive and extensive sampling of the Fangar Bay in the Ebro Delta, in search of still-living specimens of pen shells. The census has been carried out within the framework of the European project LIFE PINNARCA that works to guarantee the survival of the Pinna nobilis along the Mediterranean.
Here you can find more information and interviews in the local newspaper or the regional television:
In addition, you can hear the interview of 'Obert X Vacances' to José Tena, Director of the Research Institute IMEDMAR-UCV of the Universidad Católica de Valencia and coordinator of the project:
Here you can find the interview of 'Delta.cat' to Dr. Patricia Prado, principal researcher of the project in the IRTA La Ràpita: