The re-introduction of P. ferruginea will be carried out by transferring to Portofino MPA specimens from the Tavolara MPA (Northern Sardinia), where a rich population in good health is still present, with more than 3,100 specimens and setting up an hatchery of P. ferruginea, adopting assessed aquaculture protocols, to produce new specimens in a controlled environment to extend the repopulation process and replicate it in the other MPAs.

Expected results

Patella ferruginea population will be reintroduced in Ligurian MPAs, thanks to direct transfer and to hatcheries
The original population in Tavolara MPA will be restored by transferring reared specimens
The rearing process will be setup to replicate and facilitate the active reintroduction in other MPAs