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SAVE THE MEDITERRANEAN FAN MUSSEL !

Technical and Scientific action to protect surviving individuals of the endangered Mediterranean fan mussel in the Ebro Delta (Spain)

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HEMOS CONSEGUIDO EL RETO MARCADO

GRACIAS

Gracias a todos los mecenas.

Si conseguimos sumar 1.000 euros adicionales, podremos hacer frente al objetivo número 3 del proyecto : Búsqueda de individuos supervivientes en la Bahía dels Alfacs, potencialmente resistentes a la enfermedad y traslado a zona restringida a la navegación.

SAVE THE MEDITERRANEAN FAN MUSSEL !

The fan mussel (* Pinna nobilis *) is the largest species of bivalve mollusc in the Mediterranean Sea.

It is currently in critical danger of extinction due to a disease provoked by a protozoan that causes mortalities close to 100% of the populations.

The only surviving populations on the Spanish shores are in the Ebro Delta (Tarragona) and in the Mar Menor (Murcia).

Healthy fan mussel population at the Ebro Delta, Spain
Healthy fan mussel population at the Ebro Delta, Spain

We want the Ebro Delta area to become a sanctuary for the surviving fan mussels facilitating, in the future, the recovery of the species in the whole Mediterranean.

The project SAVE THE MEDITERRANEAN FAN MUSSEL has four goals:

1.- Rescue of the young specimens trapped in the shallow sand bars, where they are exposed to desiccation and the blows of the boats' propellers that transit their habitat, and transplant them into adjacent areas to a greater depth. It is estimated that there are still about 2,000 specimens of juvenile fan mussels that can be transferred in the Alfacs Bay.

2.- Census and monitoring of the individuals of the Fangar Bay (a population of fan mussels different from those of the Alfacs Bay).

The scientific and technical direction will be in charge of scientists of the IRTA - Sant Carles de la Ràpita.

If the requested crowdfunding goal is exceeded, the following actions would be started:

3.- Search and concentration of surviving fan mussel individuals located at the entrance of the Alfacs Bay, potentially resistant to the disease, by transferring them to an area restricted to navigation, to avoid propeller blows and to facilitate their reproduction.

4.- Monitoring the evolution of the population of fan mussel in the Alfacs Bay (survival and populations recruitment of transferred individuals).

Fan mussel juvenile in the Ebro Delta
Fan mussel juvenile in the Ebro Delta

** WE NEED YOUR HELP **

The project "SAVE THE MEDITERRANEAN FAN MUSSEL" needs your help to turn the Ebro Delta bays into a SANCTUARY for the species, in order to maintain a large and healthy population.

We will favor its protection, consolidation and expansion.

Contribute to its conservation!

Ebro Delta fan mussels
Ebro Delta fan mussels

Who are we?

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** DESTINATION OF THE CONTRIBUTIONS **

70% of the obtained resources will go to the execution of the scientific and technical project.

The rest are service costs to start the project and put it into operation.

** CALENDAR **

Our idea is to carry out the first two actions (goals 1 and 2), from April 1st to June 30th, 2020. If the crowdfunding goals are exceeded we will carry out the actions at Fangar Bay (goals 3 and 4), these actions would take place between July 1st and September 30th, 2020.

Pictures: Jonathan Jiménez, Guillermo Álvarez, Patricia Prado and Jordi Solà.

+ INFORMATION

Additional information about the Fan Mussel (*Pinna nobilis*):

** REWARDS **

Detailed information regarding each reward will be sent to the contributors via email, including contact information.

Further information and inquiries: info@fecdas.cat

All rewards will additionally receive a free ticket to visit the Museu de la Mar de l´Ebre (Sant Carles de la Ràpita, Tarragona, Spain).

Web sites:
IRTA - Institut de Recerca i Tecnología Agroalimentaries
FECDAS - Federació Catalana d´Activitats Subaquàtiques
UB - Universitat de Barcelona
VIMAR - Grup Vida Marina

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  • Muchas gracias a todos los mecenes en nombre del grupo de promotores.

    Entre todos lo hemos conseguido. Próximamente nos pondremos en contacto con vosotros para coordinar la entrega de las recompenses.

    Estamos viviendo momentos difíciles para la Sociedad. Los superaremos.

    Hemos de mirar al futuro, soñaremos con nuevos proyectos, construiremos nuevos retos y seguiremos trabajando para un mundo mejor y en equilibrio con la naturaleza.

    Cuídaros mucho y estamos en contacto.

    Guillermo Álvarez . Presidente de FECDAS

  • Muchas gracias a todos por vuestra ayuda. Estamos al 79% muy cerca de conseguir el objetivo marcado. Si podéis compartirlo, que seguramente ya lo habréis hecho, os lo agradecemos / agradeceríamos mucho. En estos proyectos de crowdfunding / micro mecenazgo social es donde se percibe la fuerza de la sociedad.

  • Roger Blanco

    Roger Blanco

    7 months

    A fondo amb el projecte!! Ànims i endavant! :)

  • IreneBS

    IreneBS

    7 months

    Yo ya he aportado mi granito de arena. Espero que el proyecto pueda llevarse a cabo. Mucha suerte!

  • Diego Moreno

    Diego Moreno

    7 months

    ¡Gracias por el esfuerzo y suerte!

  • Gràcies per vostres aportacions i ànims. Entre tots ajudarem a protegir les nacres del Delta de l´Ebre.

  • AOLDE RADIO

    AOLDE RADIO

    7 months

    Salvar una especie es salvarnos a nosotros mismos ;-)

  • Rafael Luna Sazatornil

    Rafael Luna Sazatornil

    7 months

    Endavant i força

  • martavimo

    martavimo

    7 months

    Moltes gràcies

  • Muchas gracias. Es muy importante trabajar para proteger las diferentes especies de animales y vegetales. Ladefensa de la biodiversidad es básica para mantener los ecosistemas como los conocemos y mantener nuestro nivel de vida. La desaparición de una especie puede llevar a desequilibrios en las cadenas alimentarias, en los ecosistemas y en la vida en general. Hemos de defender nuestros ecosistemas naturales.

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