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From: Editorial Staff

Date: 23-05-2021 18:57:36

there was a lot of discussion in Italy in the last months around forbidding re-stocking - among another species - of brown-trout. The brown-trout, aka Atlantic trout (Salmo trutta), was introduced in Italy in the 19th century. The native trout of the peninsula is the Marble-trout (Salmo trutta marmoratus ). The two species can cross and generate hybrid.

From: Editorial Staff

Date: 23-05-2021 18:58:27

The Italian law was derived by the European directive Habitat 92/43:
..(b) ensure that the deliberate introduction into the wild of any species which is not native to their territory is regulated so as not to prejudice natural habitats within their natural range or the wild native fauna and flora and, if they consider it necessary, prohibit such introduction. The results of the assessment undertaken shall be forwarded to the committee for information;

From: Editorial Staff

Date: 23-05-2021 19:00:24

The Italian law came into force two decades ago and a by-pass was introduced year after year through derogations. DPR 357/97 -
Art. 12 (Immissioni)
3. ..E' vietata l'immissione in natura di specie e di popolazioni non autoctone, salvo quanto previsto dal comma 4. Tale divieto si applica anche nei confronti di specie e di popolazioni autoctone per il territorio italiano quando la loro introduzione interessa porzioni di territorio esterne all'area di distribuzione naturale, secondo i criteri di cui al comma 1.

From: Editorial Staff

Date: 23-05-2021 19:01:21

Some fishermen have been complaining since they lack the put and take an easy bag. On the other side, this shows how we are very far from having developed a sustainable fishing concept, respectful of the environment. And how we are failing in stopping the decline of the ecosystem.

From: Editorial Staff

Date: 23-05-2021 19:01:47

The EU’s legal framework on water is ambitious Greater efforts are needed to restore freshwater ecosystems and the natural functions of rivers in order to achieve the objectives of the Water Framework Directive. This can be done by removing or adjusting barriers that prevent the passage of migratingfish and improving the flow of water and sediments. To help make this a reality, at least 25,000 km of rivers will be restored into free-flowing rivers by 2030 through the removal of primarily obsolete barriers and the restoration of floodplains and wetlands.

Will this be enough? One is sure, the years to come will be critical for the continent's ecosystems

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