Project essentials

The project

This project aims to trigger the reforestation of Cystoseira within the Cinque Terre and Miramare marine protected areas, where this taxon was present, as proven by museum and scientific literature records. Disappearance causes have been removed and the protection is guaranteed by the marine protected areas. The project involves the transplanting of Cystoseira cultured juveniles, with advantages in terms of time, costs and ecological impact.


Cystoseira plays a key role in marine conservation supporting biodiversity, food webs, and
sequestrating large amount of CO2. In the last decades Cystoseira was reduced in Mediterranean due to anthropogenic pressure. Cystoseira is under surveillance as vulnerable: the lack of adults producing recruits and limited dispersal capabilities of Cystoseira hamper natural recolonisation.

The consortium

The Consortium is  composed by experts in conservation, study and research, communication and dissemination, information technology and digital communication.

Latest news

2020 Restoration: the new season start

Starts the news reproductive season in Liguria for ROC-POPLife. Here the team from University of Genova at work for the new tile setup, and for the collection of fertile material.


ROC-POPLife live for Happy(Sea)Hour ! The last four events are dedicated to the four main environments of the AMP Portofino. During the live broadcast on Thursday 28th May at 6 pm there will be a chat with Mariachiara Chiantore (DISTAV-University of Genoa) to discover the secrets of the Cystoseire.

ROC-POPLife Updates April 2020

ROC-POPLife Update 2020 Since the last monitoring on December 2019, no other monitoring or field activity has been carried out due to the public health emergency of the Covid-19 for Cinque Terre MPA in the first months. The monitoring and maintenance activities of the transplant sites in the Miramare MPA were carried out, also taking […]

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