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Endangered bivalves found


The genetic studies carried out on the Pinna sp. found last March in the aquaculture group's farming centers Andromeda, located in Calpe and Villajoyosa, confirm the presence of juvenile nacra (Pinna nobilis). Are some bivalve that are threatened with disappearing.

This kind of bivalve suffered the mortality caused by the entry of a disease at the end of 2016. It has been classified by the Ministry as a species in critical danger of extinction on our coasts

Some species of these bivalves reach one meter in length

Pinna nobilis is an endemic species of Mediterranean Sea. It can reach shell sizes of more than one meter in length. It's one of the bivalve largest in the world and the largest in the Mediterranean.

Thousands of bivalve larvae have been found in the headlands of Alicante's marine farms. They have been found by scientists from Institute of Research in Environment and Marine Science of the Catholic University of Valencia. They estimate that of all bivalve there are between 200 and 400 belonging to the species Pinna nobilis. The rest have been identified as pinna rudis, also a protected species.

They have also collaborated with the aquaculture company Andromeda Iberian. He IMEDMAR-UCV is preparing new collectors for larvae. They are based on the designs of the ropes. These are the ones used by marine farms.

Declarations of the protagonists

The general director of the aquaculture group, Tahiche Lacomba, has shown its collaboration. He highlighted “the great environmental milestone that is to turn farms into centers of marine biodiversity. As well as the predisposition of the company when it comes to providing the researchers with what is necessary. Everything to preserve this species ”.

At the end of June the new collectors will be installed in the cultivation centers of Andromeda Iberian. These are located in the Alicante municipalities of Calpe and Villajoyosa. In this way, we want to facilitate the rescue and repopulation of this precious species of bivalves.