The main objective of the Life+ Trout project is the recovery and the conservation of macrostigma trout (Salmo macrostigma) the endemic salmonid of the mediterranean area and the only one who arises in central/southern Italy, protected by the Habitat Directive.
Macrostigma trout is classified as vulnerable species in Europe and critically endangered in Italy due to water abstraction and stocking of non-native trouts (resulting in hybridization and competition).
Main expected results are the following:
- establishment of “genetically certified” wild populations with fish produced in one provincial plant specifically adapted to manage wild native broodstock
- widening Macrostigma trout habitat availability by removal of nonnative trout in areas to be restocked
- restocking of streams selected in previous actions with pure juvenile trout
- assessment of the summer river flows in order to increase the chances of survival of Salmo macrostigma populations in compliance with the regulations on minimum flow and water quality
- identification of natural populations of Salmo macrostigma present in the area and their protection through specific changes in existing regulation
- involvement of local sport fishing community to increase their awareness of the problem and ease their acceptance of more restricting fishery and fish management rules