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Acquatrekking always and anyway? No thanks!

We were inspired by a reflection by Alex Vigliani, an expert environmental hiking guide, to ask ourselves whether or not to practice this “sport” that is becoming popular in our territories. For those few who do not yet know it, it is a matter of practicing the walk not only on land, but in the…

Summer trout ascent in the Biferno

Slow motion emotion: in the tributary streams of the Biferno we managed to film some specimens in ascent! In fact, with the summer storms, the instinct of the ascent pushes the trout to explore the upper quadrants of the rivers and streams in which, in the winter months, they will reproduce.

The  parr spots

In the sampled specimens, in addition to genetic analyzes, morphological ones concerning 7 phenotypic classifications are also carried out, including the analysis and comparison of the so-called “parr spots”. It is a matter of observing 9-13 large ellipsoidal blue-grayish spots present along the median region of each side, sometimes divided or fragmented and / or…

The first fry of the 2020 season

The photo is not that great, but it is the first documented native Mediterranean trout fry, born in an artificial nest of the Rio Santa Maria, the result of fertilization with cryopreserved seed. The success of the sowing activities can only be assessed by monitoring the next few years, but in the meantime numerous fry…

Volturno trouts

One of our cages for the control of the breeding was positioned in the Rio Caprionero, because it is from there that the trout from the Volturno river go back to go to reproduce. In fact, the main course of the river, although it has a good substrate for reproduction, is vulnerable due to the…

Work starts again in Oratino

After more than two months of lockdown in which Italy had to stop due to the pandemic from Covid19, we finally start again with all due caution. Work is underway in Oratino to make the hatchery accessible to all, in the hope of reopening our facilities to visitors as soon as possible.

Rio Freddo trout (Biferno river basin)

The photo shows us a genetically pure individual of about 50 cm caught just downstream of the entrance of the Rio Freddo in the main course of the Biferno. In the samplings of this winter and early spring we observed that a part of the spawners in the Biferno River go up the Rio Freddo,…

The sowing of the larvae

Among the various methodologies provided by our project, there is also the sowing of the larvae hatched in the hatchery and taken a few days before free feeding to avoid domestication. Here we are in Rio Freddo and we have just built a nest with the addition of plants and mosses that will provide protection…

Nesting in Volturno river

Before sowing, we dedicated ourselves to the construction of nests in the main course and in the sides of the Volturno river. The main course of the Volturno river was heavily hit by the floods of last autumn-winter and, following the monitoring carried out, we recorded a severe depletion of the salmonid population. For this…

Nesting & Cocoonig: step by step a fundamental action of our project

5,000 native trout eggs from Molise, genotyped and fertilized with cryopreserved semen are ready to hatch, protected in their nests rebuilt directly in the rivers they belong to. Reintroducing embryonic eggs of S. magrostigma native trout into the nests is a key factor to support natural reproduction and to support the recolonization of the project…

Artificial fertilization of wild indigenous people: how does it work?

As we have already said elsewhere, the first step is to select the breeding stock. The specimens are captured, temporarily retained and genetically characterized (or recognized, if already marked). Male migration begins first, therefore the semen is taken first, which is put to freeze in the cryobank. Subsequently the eggs are taken from a certain…

The eggs are close to hatching!

It is spring and the embryonic S. macrostigma eggs, fertilized this winter partly with fresh seed, partly with frozen one, are close to hatching. For this reason we must hurry and bring them to their rivers: despite the pandemic, in fact, the NatSalMo technical staff – with all the necessary precautions and strictly observing the…

The protection of the cryobank continues

Even in this period of pandemic from Covid-19, in our project there are some invaluable actions that must absolutely be carried out in order not to risk nullifying the work done so far. One of these is the topping up of liquid nitrogen in the cryobank containers of the native Mediterranean trout seed, the first…

Oratino hatchery

In the municipality of Oratino, in the Bivaro area, the project staff recovered the old wash house by cleaning it and transforming it into an hatchery. The major obstacle to implementing this transformation was due to the impossibility of installing air conditioners to refrigerate the water necessary for optimal incubation of the eggs. But thanks…

Semen cryopreservation

One of the great innovations of our project is the creation of the first cryobank of the Mediterranean trout seed, a precious tool for the conservation and protection of the species. In January 2020, the project staff set up a mobile laboratory at the Rocchetta hatchery in Volturno to freeze the seminal material taken from…

Learning visit – day #2

At Biferno, Boiano locality. Cages are cleaned every day: in fact, together with natural waste, the current also carries a lot of waste, which must be removed as soon as possible to allow the trout in the cage to remain in the best possible conditions. Subsequently, we proceed to recover the trout rising from the…

NatSalMo project – Learning visit – day #1

February 13th, 2020, first day of the Meeting and Nicolaia Iaffaldano, project manager, immediately illustrates the transferability actions of the NatSalMo project to the Romanian colleagues who have come here from the universities of ULBS and UAIASI. The work is now proceeding quickly and dr. Gibertoni with dr. Esposito reveal interesting details that have emerged…

Learning visit on February 13th and 14th at UNIMOL

The next 13 and 14 February the whole project team will meet in Campobasso, at UNIMOL, for a training meeting with the Romanian delegation of the universities of ULBS and UAIASI. In the two days dedicated to the learning visit not only the project will be illustrated, but the progress of the work will be…

Morphological analysis and integration with genetic analysis

Also in the context of the preparatory actions for the project, the morphological analysis of the captured, labeled and photographed individuals was evaluated, from which biological tissue samples (fragment of fat fin) were taken for genetic analysis. The measurements and the counting of the livery characteristics are done through the ImageJ software. The morphological analysis,…

Barriers and pots for selective access installed on Rio Caprionero

The actions to restore and protect the populations of native S. macrostigma trout in the Volturno and Biferno basins continue with great alacrity. To promote the natural reproduction of native Mediterranean trout, we have just finished installing the barriers and pots for selective access to the main reproduction sites of the Volturno and Biferno. But…

Genetic analysis results on sampled individuals

As part of the preparatory action A3, the sampling stations involved 30 sites within the project area in order to cover a wide range of river habitats. The specimens, over 300 between males and females, were captured with electrofishing, measured by length and weight and marked by microchip (Pit-Tag) and with clearly visible T-anchor plates.…

River connectivity determination

For each flow, the Project team determined the river connectivity, or – by means of a visual census – the identification of those obstacles (natural or artificial barriers) that limit the movement and the fish lit. The sections of the waterways downstream of the 30 sampling sites of the chemical-physical analyzes and of the substrate…

The First Nat.Sal.Mo Open Forum

The first Open Forum of the Nat.Sal.Mo. project was held on 5 December in the conference room of the Molise Region in Campobasso. It was an information and training meeting aimed at the administrators and technicians of the local authorities involved in various capacities in the management and planning of the two river basins covered…

No Kill Zone signs delivered to CIPM

In the early morning of December 5th Nicolaia Iaffaldano, project manager of the NatSalMo project, together with the president of the CIPM association Giuseppe Mastrangelo and a large group of researchers and scholars, planted and inaugurated the signs useful for fishermen who will find themselves in the No Kill Zone of Biferno next fishing season.…

First Open Forum on December 5th

For our project on December 5th will be a day full of important events: in the morning our team of scholars will visit the breeding sites of Biferno and Volturno to take stock of the implementation of river connectivity. On that occasion we will also plant the No Kill Zone warning signs strongly desired by…

Water analysis: very comforting results

As anticipated, in the meeting held on 19 November at Unimol in the presence of the entire partnership, the results obtained so far from the actions carried out in the previous months were presented. In particular, the meeting opened with dr. Bruno Testa who illustrated the results of the analyzes conducted in the waters of…

Partnership meeting on 19th November 2019: a great success of attendance and content

The meeting on November 19th 2019 in which the entire partnership of the LIFE NatSalMo project met at the Agriculture Environment and Food Department of the University of Molise di Campobasso was a real success in terms of attendance and content. The representatives of UNIMOL, Mediterranean Trout Research Group (MTRG), Legambiente (LAM), Studio Giuliano (SG)…

The Life Nat.Sal.Mo project at the Life Ticino Biosource workshop

In a workshop dedicated to LIFE projects to protect fish fauna, Nat.Sal.Mo, on the recovery and protection of native Mediterranean trout in the Molise river basins, could not be missing. Representing our project on October 4th in Pontevecchio Magenta (MI) there was P.P. Gibertoni of MTRG, who masterfully illustrated to the numerous participants the numerous…

The first withdrawals with electrofishing

One of the first actions of our project involves sampling and genetic analysis on the Mediterranean trout populations currently present in the Volturno and Biferno. Last winter the first samples were taken with the electro-phishing technique: a narcosis is induced with calibrated electrical impulses and, after taking measurements and measurements, the specimen is released where…

Glossary in pills – Salmo Macrostigma

Let’s kick off a small in-depth section of the terminology used in the NatSalMo project. Salmo macrostigma Not everyone knows that the Mediterranean trout typical of central-southern and insular Italy has a scientific name, or rather, two: Salmo macrostigma or Salmo cettii. Today we tend to consider the two nomenclatur as synonyms, but in truth…

Conference in Sibiu- Very positive reception for NatSalMo project

In Sibiu a delegation of researchers from the LIFE NatsalMo project, led by Project Manager Nicolaia Iaffaldano, has disclosed the excellent results obtained so far in the most effective procedures to be applied to optimize the cryopreservation protocol of the sperm of the Salmo macrostigma . The welcome of the Romanian colleagues was, as always,…

International Conference on Aquatic Biodiversity in Transylvania

The first important results of the studies conducted within the Project will be presented by Nicolaia Iaffaldano and other scholars of the NatSalMo team at the International Conference on Aquatic Biodiversity – organized by the Lucian Blaga University – which will take place from 25th to 28th on September 2019 in Sibiu, Romania. The conference…

Newsletter no. 1

From La Nuova Ecologia: a brief piece about our project

“Molise: teachers and researchers working to save Mediterranean trout” The article La nuova Ecologia is available HERE

LIFE Nature and Biodiversity European Program: UniMol with the Agriculture, Environment and Food Department, leader and promoter of the LIFE Nat.Sal.Mo project

The first meeting of the Nat.Sal.Mo project – Recovery of Salmo macrostigma: Application of innovative techniques and participatory governance tools in rivers of Molise , funded under the European LIFE+ program was held. The University of Molise – with the Agriculture, Environment and Food Department – as well as being the promoter and leader of…

The project Nat.Sal.Mo presented in the Molise Region

THE PROJECT LIFE NatSalMo, a European project for the recovery of native trout in the Molise river basins, was presented today, May 28th at the Molise Region’s Department of Agricultural Policies and Environmental Protection. Nicola Cavaliere (Regional Councilor for Agricultural and Agri-food Policies, Rural Development, Forestry Planning, Hunting and Fishing, Productive Fishing, Environmental Protection, Soil…

LIFE Project Nat.Sal.Mo: the project for the recovery and conservation of native Mediterranean trout has just started