The endemic Mediterranean Fan Mussel (Pinna nobilis) has been pushed to near extinction due to a still ongoing mass mortality event first detected in 2016 and the fact that the causing parasite–the protozoan Haplosporidium pinnae, which is found in the digestive glands of infected individuals– is still present in the environment. To address this problem, researchers at the Balearic Islands Coastal Observing and Forecasting System (SOCIB)’s MEDCLIC Project have participated in a collaborative study on its potential recovery showing the importance of unaffected populations as larval exporting sources and the role of oceanographic currents in larval transport in the area.
Identificamos la presencia anómala de un remolino oceánico de unos 60 km de radio en el Mediterráneo occidental durante el otoño de 2017
Rastreamos la dispersión de la enfermedad que pone a la Pinna nobilis al borde de la extinción
Achieving more realistic predictions and ocean simulations through the implementation of the "data assimilation" technique in our WMOP model.
MEDCLIC scientific team has developed a biophysical model to understand the impact of marine currents on the mechanisms that control the biological production and the ecosystem of the Alboran Sea.