Partners

Arpal
Role: Coordinating beneficiary; pilot area
Place: Genoa, Italy

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The regional agency for the protection of the Ligurian environment is the public reference body for environmental protection, protection of water resources, soil conservation and weather warnings civil protection. Arpal is part of the National System of Agencies for the Protection of the Environment, together with other regional and provincial agencies and Ispra, and is inserted in a three-level context: European, domestic and regional. It consists of almost 300 employees in charge of monitoring the regional environment and controlling potential sources of pollution. Concerning the sea, ARPAL has a long experience in assessing environmental quality, through chemical analyses of water, sediments and marine organisms, as well as habitat monitoring and bathing controls. Moreover, since 2015 Arpal is leading the Marine Strategy for the Western Mediterranean sub-region.

ASINARA NATIONAL PARK
Role: Associated beneficiary; pilot area
Place: Porto Torres, Italy

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Located in Sardinia, in the province of Sassari, is Asinara National Park established in 1997. The entire territory of the park consists of the Island of Asinara and, administratively, is part of the municipality of Porto Torres. For several years the park has been involved in national and international projects for the conservation of marine biodiversity such as: Clean Sea Life, Tartalife, Posidonia and Interregg IIIB.
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF BIOLOGY
Role: Associated beneficiary; Strunjan pilot area
Place: Ljubljana, Slovenia

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The National Institute of Biology (NIB) is a Slovenian public institution that deals with basic research, development and applied research in the fields of biotechnology, biophysics, biomedicine and systems biology. One of the research programmes of the NIB is focused on interdisciplinary ecological research on coastal seas, conducted by the Marine Biology Station Piran on the Adriatic coast.
TRITON RESEARCH
Role: Associated beneficiary; communication activities and networking
Place: Rome, Naples, Palau – Italy

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Triton Research is a society dedicated to the dissemination and conservation of the sea. It is formed by a group of experts and comminicators working in marine science, with the aim of raising awareness of the key role that the sea plays in the functioning of the planet.
SHORELINE SOC. COOP
Role: Associated beneficiary; collection, breeding and reintroduction of Pinna at AMP Miramare
Place: Trieste, Italy

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Shoreline is a cooperative society, founded in 1988 by a group of professionals in the field of marine biology and ecology. It is recognised by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry as an institute suitable for carrying out scientific and technological research in the fisheries sector.
UNIVERSITY OF GENOA
Role: Associated beneficiary; monitoring of pilot areas, captive breeding of Pinna.
Luogo: Place: Genoa, Italy

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Founded in 1933, the University of Genoa consists of 22 departments, 13 inter-university research centres and 2 centres of excellence. The educational offer is composed of 124 Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, 28 PhD courses, 53 specialisation schools, 27 university master’s degrees and 5 libraries. The research team involved in the LIFE PINNA project is part of the Department of Earth, Environmental and Life Sciences (DISTAV) and of the “Centro del Mare” UNIGE, an interdepartmental centre comprising over 400 lectures that brings together disciplines finding their field of investigation in the sea, with highly specialised and multidisciplinary skills. In particular, the research team deals with reproduction and breeding in a controlled environment, characterization and assessment of the ecological status and environmental monitoring.
UNIVERSITY OF SASSARI
Role: Associated beneficiary; molecular analysis on Pinna specimens and sentinel bivalves
Place: Sassari, Italy

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The University of Sassari consists of 10 departments with more than 650 lecturers from universities all over Italy. It offers bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees (two of which are international), specialisation schools and PhD courses. UNISS has a long history in research and experimental activities in the genetics of marine invertebrates and fish, and in the conservation of endangered aquatic animals. In particular, the two research groups involved in the project belong to the Departments of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.