The project LIFE Natura 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. Besides the reconnection of the river, the project aims to give a concrete help to native species of Po River threatened by limiting factors. In fact, a situation of fragmentation can lead up to extinction of these species of community interest.
Adriatic sturgeon (Acipenser naccarii), South European nase (Protochondrostoma genei), Pigo (Rutilus pigus) Italian Nase (Chondrostoma soetta) and Common Barbel (Barbus Barbus) were chosen as target of all the activities of breeding and re-population.
We will use a closed cycle system, put in place by Parco del Ticino in years of experience in a previous LIFE Nature project. In fact, the specimens produced with this system are better compared with commercial plant ones.
For other species of cyprinids reofili, we will experiment and set the standards for production. The experience already gained in the production of Pigo, target species of a previous LIFE Nature project, supports the success of the Action.