Six tiny lobsters born to save species in Mediterranean

aragosta

credit: Stella Mare Laboratory University of Corsica / Cnrs Pasquale Paoli

In the Red List of Threatened Species of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)aragostaCommonly known as Mediterranean lobster, is a vulnerable species. Today a research team from the University’s Stella Mare Laboratory Corsica And the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) has managed to control the breeding of this species. In the picture above a newborn lobster.

Lobster, expensive and rare

Famous for being expensive, the lobster is priced precisely because of its relative scarcity, which is confirmed by fishing statistics. on the Atlantic coast of France, Fishing fell from 1000 tons per year in the 1950s to 25 in 2010. in Scotland, from 271 tonnes in 1959 to 20 in 2010; In Portugal, from 400 tonnes per year in 1990–1992 to 12 tonnes in 2006–2007. A drastic decline, which scientists have attempted to counteract by monitoring the growth and development of the population.

In the project launched in early 2021, researchers have already obtained six samples of lobster, 83 days after hatching, with encouraging data. Survival rate In the final larval stage (43 days after hatching), in fact, i am 50%. The research could open new avenues of study to preserve lobsters and protect biodiversity, which can harm both the economy and ecosystem. playback controlsIn fact, it may protect it from overfishing, which is one of the threats to many species. Scientists are also considering redistributing the samples to help increase their presence. The Stella Mare Laboratory is also studying the possibilities. industrial use of shell for the production of crustaceans through biotechnology, for example chitosano, used in the medical field.

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