We are the first to record an event of a mass mortality of the noble pen shell in the Adriatic: are we losing the last oasis of this species?

Extinction is threatening to one of the most recognizable species of the Mediterranean, the noble pen shell (Pinna nobilis), and we have witnessed a new mass mortality event (MME) in some parts of the Adriatic coast. The noble pen shell is endemic and the largest shellfish of the Mediterranean. It can grow to 120 cm in height. It is spread all over the Adriatic on sediment bottoms of shallow coastal areas, and has many local names. The ecological role of this species is of utmost importance because it filters and retains large amounts of organic matter from suspended detritus which contributes to increasing the transparency of sea water. In addition, it provides numerous algae, sponges, polychaets, bryzooans and other invertebrates with a hard substrate for colonization in soft bottom areas. Therefore, on the pen shell we often see a high biodiversity of organisms. It is sensitive to extreme pollution, many...

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The start of a project regarding climate change and noble pen shell – visit to the Elafiti Archipelago

"Ne KLIMAjte palasturu!" is an educational and research project of the 20000 Leagues Society aimed at getting the public acquainted with the manifestations of climate change in the sea and researching a strictly protected species - the noble pen shell - threatened to extinct potentially due to climate change. As part of the educational activities of the project, we visited elementary school students at Elafiti. To them we have transferred our knowledge and love of the sea. We talked to them about climate change: Do they even know what they are? How can they be seen and felt? And how does the marine environment respond to it; animals, plants and algae that live in it? About the problem of coral bleaching, students learned through a story from a perspective of a coral called Kora, whose algae friends have left because they do not like the hot and acid sea. The...

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We participated at the 1st AdriBioPro international conference in Montenegro

International Conference: Adriatic Biodiversity Protection – AdriBioPro2019 was organized from April 7-10, 2019 in Kotor, by the University of Montenegro, the Institute of Marine Biology. We participated at the conference with three oral presentations. Kora presented the underwater biodiversity of Silba reefs. Data for that research was collected on a field trip last fall under project by BIUS - Biology Student Association and 20000 Leagues Society. Kora pointed out the use of non-invasive methods and importance of young scientists being trained for basic marine biology research - habitat maping and inventarization. Hrvoje presented the first results review of the extensive exploration of shallow infralittoral communities of necto-benthic fish in the Adriatic, including the populations in Montenegro using only "bubble free" diving without noise, in complete silence with the rebreather. The results have shown that, beside using that extravagant, but effective, diving set up for research, our fish communities are in...

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Public voting for project “Clean Shorelines for SILBA” ?

Our project proposal "Clean Shorelines for SILBA" has been selected in first round of a funding competition organized by the EOCA European Outdoor Conservation Association. SECOND ROUND of the competition started - PUBLIC VOTING!!! We need support from all of you in order to have the chance to bring this project to reality. This project is the perfect combo of research and education on the topic of marine plastic! Follow the link to the voting page, give the project "Clean Shorelines for Silba" a click and forward the link further so that in the two weeks of voting we can collect enough votes to win this difficult competition. http://www.outdoorconservation.eu/project-voting-category.cfm?catid=3 Prepare your thumbs for sharing! ? http://www.outdoorconservation.eu/project-voting-category.cfm?catid=3 Photo credit: Noortje Schrauwen (By the Ocean we Unite) The project partners are: Društvo za zaštitu prirodne i kulturne baštine otoka SilbeBy the Ocean we Unite Pokret Otoka / Island MovementDeep Blue ExplorersSEA Silba Environment...

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Fish Forum Conference in Rome

We participated in FishForum! - the first joint conference of all stakeholders on fisheries in the Mediterranean and Black Sea, organized by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) in Rome under motto "Bringing Science, Seas and People together" As part of the conference we have also presented our research on the wrecks "Vis" at Kamenjak, Istria and "Ledenik" at Sestrunja Island as a potential for preserving the fish community, encouraging diving tourism, but also additional value for small coastal fishing.

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