As part of the RELIFE (LIFE15 NAT/IT/000771) project to reintroduce the endangered Patella ferruginea limpet in MPAs from Liguria, we have assisted in transplanting and monitoring the implanted specimens, and in conducting kayak and coasteering surveys to map the resident population of limpets in the area. Additionally, we carried out public engagement activities bringing tourists on guided kayak tours to visit the limpet populations and learn about their ecological importance.
We provided logistical support from our nautical base in Monterosso to the ROC POP Life (N° LIFE16 NAT/IT/000816) project, working to Promote biodiversity enhancement by Restoring Cystoseira POPulations.
We are partnering with Sea Sentinels, a project which aims to involve kayakers in assisting Coast Guards in monitoring the Italian coastline.
City Nature Challenge
In 2021, the international bioblitz City Nature Challenge will arrive in Italy also in a new marine life format, inviting cities to compete for the highest number of citizen science observations of the natural world. We will be participating in the challenge as a local node of Santa Margherita Ligure, inviting local and tourists to upload biological observations above and below the sea, on our own iNaturalist project