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The nacre and its conservation will be the protagonist of a talk at the oceanographic center (05/06/2019)

Under the title La nacra en el Mar Menor: a historical responsibility, Dr. Francisca Giménez Casalduero, Titular Professor of the Department of Marine Sciences and Applied Biology of the University of Alicante, will explain the current situation of Pinna nobilis populations in the Mar Menor and the conservation actions that will be launched in the coming months.

Likewise, the dissemination and environmental education actions aimed at raising awareness of the different sea users that the Ministry will carry out with the collaboration of the Marine Research Center (CIMAR) of the University of Alicante and the Columbares Association will be presented.

The nacre (Pinna nobilis) is a bivalve mollusc endemic to the Mediterranean, and the second largest in the world, which has been in danger since, in the autumn of 2016, a parasitic disease caused by a protozoon of the genus Haplosporidium, caused almost extinction total of all the populations of the Mediterranean, with the exception of those of the Ebro Delta and the Mar Menor.

Currently the Ministry of Ecological Transition has declared it Species in critical danger of extinction.

At present, in the Mar Menor, despite having suffered a great mortality of the species due to the episode of eutrophication of 2016, there is a survival far superior to that of the Mediterranean bordering populations.

The lagoon has become one of the possible reservoirs of natural populations and a strategic conservation area for the species, which is why the Directorate General for Environment and Mar Menor of the Ministry of Employment, Universities, Business and Environment Environment of the Region of Murcia has launched different actions of conservation and public awareness, in collaboration with the CIMAR of the University of Alicante, the AQUARIUM of the University of Murcia and the Columbares Association.

These activities are framed within the framework of the Priority Actions for the Mar Menor linked to the Comprehensive Management Plan (in process), co-financed by the FEDER funds and the Region of Murcia ".

Source: Ayuntamiento de San Pedro del Pinatar

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