In March there will be two important appointments in the Life CONFLUPO project.
March 8, 2017 - Meetings with the Management Entities of the River Po and Ticino River Network Natura 2000 sites "
With the implementation of the Community Habitat Directive n.92 / 43, EU Member States committed themselves to implementing the Natura 2000 Network with the aim of preserving habitats and wild species in the territories of different countries.
This Network is formed by the Union of Special Protection Areas (SPAs) established under the Birds Directive no. 79/409 and functional for the protection of wild bird species, with Special Conservation Areas (more generally known as SIC, Sites of Community interest) to preserve the species and habitats in the Community Habitat Directive n.92 / 43.
One of the activities envisaged by the CONFLUPO project is to support the conservation of threatened fish species, and in particular the cobic sturgeon and 4 species of rephiliated cyprins (Lasca, Pigo, Savetta and Barbo common) included in Annex II of the Habitats Directive. The Ticino Park has foreseen in particular two synergistic actions: the development of specific breeding and breeding protocols currently missing for these species, and the release into the rivers of specimens produced at a different stage Growth, in support of natural populations.
Previous experiences in the Park have shown that the most effective conservation results are not so related to the number of subjects released, as well as to keep these releases constant over time using subjects bred under semi-natural conditions.
Young sturgeon born in Ticino
The effectiveness of this procedure is demonstrated by what happened to the cobice sturgeon in Ticino: the continuity of natural-adapted subject releases, carried out by the Park beyond the Life03NAT / IT / 000113 project on the species, recorded in the 2009, 2013, 2014 and 2015 the reproduction in nature of the sturgeon in the same river area near Pavia.
In order to spread in other areas of the Natura 2000 network the possibility of activating release programs for the 5 target species of project, thus increasing the possibility of long-term preservation of the present nucleus, a meeting was organized for March 8, pv..The meeting will take place at the Ticino Park Lonate Pozzolo visit center, during which the protocols implemented will be presented to the Managing Bodies of the Natura 2000 sites belonging to the Po and Ticino area.
A very important moment during the meeting will be the intervention by AdbPo, which will demonstrate, to the Entities engaged in the management and conservation of the river network sites of the Natura 2000 Network the "River Po Poor Fishing Protocol", whose activities are still under development.
The Protocol between the Lombardy Region, the Emilia-Romagna Region, the Piedmont Region, the Veneto Region and the Po River Basin Authority is aimed at achieving a sustainable and unified fisheries management aiming at the protection of fish Po river.
March 17, 2017 - Inauguration of fish passage at Isola Serafini
On March 17, two years after the launch of the yard, the inverse Y-shaped fish ladder will be inaugurated at the service of the two Po river branches affected by the hydroelectric dam of Isola Serafini (Monticelli d'Ongina - PC). About 300 km from the delta of the river in the Adriatic Sea.
This work was carried out under the Nature Life Project CON.FLU.PO. Co-funded by the European Union, which includes the Lombardy Region as the project leader, and the Emilia-Romagna Region, the Basin Authorities for the Po, the Interregional Poor Agency, the Province of Piacenza, the Province of Rovigo, the Parco Ticino Lombardo and GRAIA srl, As a partner.
The fish passage has been equipped with innovative solutions: in the central part there is a monitoring cabin with two large underwater windows and a cameras system capable of recording 24 of 24 fish species in transit and their displacement direction, allowing The correct identification.
In the upstream sector, an experimental capture system was created consisting of two large mobile frames in a metal structure with mesh walls, which are moved through a special bridge deck. When activated, this system allows the fish to be transhipped in the two branches and the subsequent retention of the specimens captured in a central tub with running water.
The realization of this work - the largest in Italy of this type and among the largest at European level - allows, after more than 50 years, to reconnect to the Adriatic Sea at least another 100 km upstream of the dam along the main river Po, And the hydrographic grid under it extending over 70,000 sq. Km, including the many sub-basins, including Ticino to Lake Maggiore and Lake Lugano.
This new situation directly affects the conservation of 40 native species in the Po river basin, starting from the cobic sturgeon, threatened and priority species at European, eel, affected by EC Regulation n.1100 / 2007, and 10 species included in Annex II to the Habitats Directive.
The re-opening of the river connection also results in an improvement in the conservation status of the Natura 2000 Natura 2000 habitat and species, affecting 33 SICs present along the Po river basins and directly affected by the project.