The project LIFE+ Nature – Project Life11nat/it/188 – “Restoring connectivity in Po river basin opening migratory route for Acipenser naccarii and 10 fish species in Annex II” - CON.FLU.PO. is centred on the reconnection of the Po river corridor. The barrier of the hydroelectric plant of Isola Serafini interrupted the river continuity about 300 Km from the sea. Enel Green Power Spa owns the hydroelectric plant.
The migratory fish species, from the 50s of the last century, cannot exceed the dam in both directions due to the lack of a fish ladder. This situation causes a fragmentation of the populations, which can lead up to extinction. Such as the two other species of sturgeon native in Italy, common Sturgeon (Acipenser sturio) and the Beluga (Huso huso) as well as the sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus) now disappeared. Euryhaline species such as Cheppia (Alosa fallax) and Thinlip Mullet (Liza ramada) still go back up the river. The river de-fragmentation will make available for the migratory species about 100 Km of the Po River and some of its feeder up to Casale Monferrato (AL). First of all Ticino River, key ground for Adriatic Sturgeon breeding, will be entirely accessible for 110 Km up to Lago Maggiore thanks to two fish ladder built next to the dams of Panperduto and Porto delle Torre. These two works were built also thanks to the two previous Life projects carried out by Parco del Ticino.