Fundació Zoo Barcelona


Spanish toothcarp (Aphanius iberus) conservation project in the Llobregat Delta

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20,00 €
1.800,00 €
To go
1.780,00 €
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In 2010, Barcelona Zoo and Viladecans town council signed an agreement to promote technical collaboration for the conservation and improvement of the assets of part of the Llobregat Delta natural space, specifically a 20-hectare estate known as Pineda del Remolar. Actions were carried out at the site to remove anthropic elements and to renaturalise, provide environmental and recovery training and education and manage threatened species.

One of the area's most interesting species is a small autochthonous one from the Cyprinodontidae family, Aphanius iberus, known as the Spanish toothcarp, which is in serious danger of extinction.

Spanish toothcarp live in small pockets of coastal waters along the Spanish coastline, from the Aiguamolls de l’Empordà wetlands to Andalusia. They have adapted very well to sudden and severe changes in the salinity of the water, but their habitat has come under excessive urban development since the mid-twentieth century and has been severely reduced and broken up. This fish has also suffered from the pollution of river courses and the introduction of competing and predatory allochthonous species in its environment, all of which threatens the survival of the species.

A few years ago, the Catalan Government detected the last population of Spanish toothcarp indigenous to the Llobregat Delta. Initially the Wildlife Service and then the Consortium for the Protection and Management of the Natural Spaces of the Llobregat Delta have been working to reverse the trend and repopulate the lagoons of El Prat de Llobregat and Viladecans. A non-profit making organisation, the Society of Ichthyological Studies (SEI), has been breeding them in captivity and releasing them in large numbers to boost existing populations or reintroducing them to new ponds, where they also act as an important ally in the fight to control mosquitoes as they eat the larvae.

On the Pineda del Remolar estate, three large swimming pools on one of the area's former camp-sites have been preserved, of which two are currently being used as tanks for the reproduction of Spanish toothcarp.

It is now essential that the work of the SEI and Consortium be given one last helping hand as they need to finish adapting these tanks with wood elements treated for shade, access and protection and acquire handling material to renovate or improve everyday tools (nets, brailing, transfer pumps, hose pipes and small insulated boxes for transport).

Barcelona Zoo Foundation would like to propose this project under its crowdfunding framework: 


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