A European project
for Pinna nobilis

The project

On 1st October 2021 LIFE PINNA, the European project set up to save the fan mussel, Pinna nobilis, kicked off.

The largest bivalve mollusc in the Mediterranean Sea, a species that lives only in our seas and plays a precious role in coastal ecosystems, is critically endangered after an epidemic decimated its population in 2016.



LIFE Pinna and LIFE Pinnarca in Spain

July 17, 2024
A networking event was held in Valencia, drawing researchers from across the Mediterranean

The first networking event

June 17, 2024
An international event was held in Miramare for the conservation of 𝘗𝘪𝘯𝘯𝘢 𝘯𝘰𝘣𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘴 in the…

Updated the Reporting Map

June 11, 2024
Sicily is the main highlight of the latest reports of 𝘗𝘪𝘯𝘯𝘢 𝘯𝘰𝘣𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘴 individuals received from…

The Species

Already present in our seas 20 million years ago, Pinna nobilis, is the biggest bivalve mollusc in the Mediterranean. From the Strait of Gibraltar to the Black Sea, there are no more majestic ones: this precious giant of the invertebrate fauna, in fact can even live up to 45 years and grow in a wonderful shell of over 120 centimetres, generously covered with scale and micro-organisms. 

Lives only in the Mediterranean

It is also known as “sea castanet”…

From collecting to protected species

In the past this species has attracted the attention of shell collectors and collectors of byssus…

The deadly epidemic

Starting from 2016, in fact, there was a sudden mass mortality…

Areas of intervention

Coordinating beneficiary

Associated beneficiaries

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