Torrevieja clam at risk of extinction

Torrevieja clam at risk of extinction
AT RISK OF EXTINCTION: The Pinna nobilis Photo credit Wikimedia

THE Government said this week that a clam that lives in Torrevieja is at risk of extinction.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and Environment (MAPAMA), the Autonomous Communities of the Mediterranean – among them the Comunitat Valenciana – and several research centres came together to agree on the measures necessary to prevent the extinction of the Nacra (Pinna nobilis).

Pinna nobilis is a large species of Mediterranean clam that reaches up to 120cm.

Pinna nobilis is native to the Mediterranean Sea, where it lives offshore at depths ranging between 0.5 and 60 metres. It can be found buried beneath soft-sediment areas such as fine sand and mud.

According to the MAPAMA, Pinna nobilis have suffered mass mortality in Almeria, Formentera, Ibiza, Murcia and Torrevieja.

In samples of diceased Pinna nobilis, a deadly pathogen has been found and the MAPAMA have recommended that as a first step to prevent the species’ extinction, as many as possible are rescued from the seas and taken to specialised centres to be bred in captivity.

The Pinna nobilis was chosen as ‘Mollusk of the Year 2017’ by the Spanish Society of Malacology (SEM).

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