Name of the organization/project in the original language:
Fondazione IMC Centro Marino Internazionale – ONLUS
Name of the organization/project in English:
International Marine Centre Foundation - ONLUS
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Please indicate the mandate/goals/activities of your organization/project.:
The IMC Foundation’s main activity is scientific research for the study and evaluation of marine and coastal ecosystems. In particular, our research focuses on the marine environment, aquatic species and their relationship to the environment. The other main area of research is aquaculture and fishery resources, mainly for the species Paracentrotus lividus, Mugil cephalus and Crassostrea gigas. Research on this subject concerns the identification of optimal diet and living conditions for the rearing of larvae and embryos. Our research experiments are aimed at transferring technical know-how to help the local socio-economic development.
The Foundation is committed as a center of the Science and Technology Park of Sardinia. It is involved in the transfer of technology to local businesses for the development of sustainable production activities, specifically in the areas of aquaculture and algal production. The IMC also participates in projects, including internationally, concerning proper practice in the management and protection of marine and coastal ecosystems.
The IMC Foundation deals with the dissemination of scientific culture and sustainability for schools of all levels and types. In addition, by organizing conferences and seminars, they share the results of their experiments and research. The IMC promotes the education of young people in science and technology. This is achieved through the organization of advanced schools, workshops and study programs at the Foundation itself, as well as at research centers, universities and companies both in Italy and abroad.
How are you performing research on Citizen Science, taking part in Citizen Science activities and/or supporting Citizen Science?:
We are involved in two Citizen Science project, one targeted on the identification of survived specimens of Pinna nobilis (Bivalvia, Mollusca) aiming to find the survival spots in Sardinia (Italy) with the help of citizens and another focused on the records of Marine Forests of brown macroalgae (Fucales, Ochrophyta) all along Italian country.
Name of Citizen Science Project:
The pens’hell: “searching for survivors” & Progetto Fucales: chi le ha viste?
https://www.fondazioneimc.it/ ; https://www.facebook.com/PENS-HELL-667065030417325/ ; http://www.progetto-fucales.it/ ; https://www.facebook.com/ProgettoFucales/
Brief description of project:
# The pens’hell: “searching for survivors” #
The endoparasite Haplosporidium pinnae and mycobateria causes the massive mortality affecting the Mediterranean species Pinna nobilis since 2016 and places it on the brink of extinction. As surviving resistant individuals could provide a source for the recovery of populations, the detection of differences in the fitness of individuals in front to the pathogen is crucial. Accordingly, differences in environmental features between island and mainland coasts (e.g. the larger salinity range due to the numerous wetland systems) could enhance the chances of survival and species conservation. However, no observations are reported in Sardinia outside Marine Protected Areas (Italy). The project aims to identify the survival spots in Sardinia with the help of citizens. To do this, it is crucial to engage scuba diver, snorkels and coastal visitors in general in the discovery of many survivors as possible. The outputs in a year's time will be a map of the survival spots and a comprehensive database of mortality data at a large scale. The funding will mainly be used to engage people in the searching for survivors through training events all along the island. The high probability of success of the project lies in the pre-existing interest of divers in the ocean conservation.
# Progetto Fucales: chi le ha viste? #
The Progetto FUCALES: chi le ha viste?' (standing for: "who saw them? in italian) and referring to marine forests) aims to collect reports of the brown macroalgae Cystoseira and Sargassum spp. and raising environmental awareness on these species, with targeted dissemination events.
The project was developed during a PhD thesis (Grech, 2017; Open University, London, UK)) at the Stazione Zoologica di Napoli (SZN, IT) and was applied on a gulf scale (Gulf of Naples, Italy) with a pilot project, resulting in a useful tool to integrate the gaps on the current distribution of these species and the historical records related to the past, therefore also to be able to evaluate the historical changes that have occurred. The preliminary results are rather encouraging, although these species are generally considered difficult to identify and not charismatic for the users of the sea. For this reason, the devotion to dissemination activities are fundamental. The purpose is to extend and contribute to the improvement of knowledge on their distribution, involving passionate underwater photographers and other sea users, specially trained during different types of events.
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