Searching for Black Corals: the exploration of Isole Tremiti MPA

Latest update February 23, 2019 Started on April 1, 2018
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The project concerns the black coral Antipathella subpinnata, a very important habitat former of the mesophotic environment in the Mediterranean Sea. This species forms true underwater animal forests, hosting a huge biodiversity. Notwithstanding, the distribution of A. subpinnata is scantly known in the basin. This is particularly true at Isole Tremiti Marine Protected Area (Adriatic Sea), where a garden of this species is likely to be present but not yet explored. The exploration of the mesophotic environment of this area would help to assess the distribution of this species, in order to manage and protect it, even more so considering that it is inside a National Park! The scientific research ongoing will be the subject of a documentary, directed by Flavio Oliva. Moreover, a book containing the information about the exploration and the results obtained will be published. Stay tuned!

April 1, 2018
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After a huge explorative effort we finally found a large coral forest at Tremiti Islands. Many hundreds of colonies of the black coral Antipa