In the Port of Tricase, the Fortuna turtle

From today on, she will be called Fortuna

It is a large female specimen of a sea turtle of the Caretta caretta species, fished out and brought to port, this morning by the fishermen of the Port Museum of Tricase. The “unfortunate” turtle had been caught, at about 30 meters deep, in the trammel net, lowered into the sea by the fishermen yesterday evening.

This morning when the fishermen went to the place to sail the net, they immediately realized the presence of the turtle. They brought her aboard their boat, immediately alerting both the local Maritime Office and the Center for the recovery of sea turtles of the Salento Natural History Museum. Waiting for her on the dock of the port, the Veterinary Service of the Local Health Authority – area c south, also intervened, in addition to the other fishermen and curious.

Fortunately the turtle did not report any injuries, but was nevertheless transferred to the recovery center, for the necessary checks after which it will be released into the sea.

The community of the Port Museum of Tricase, once again has shown itself to be attentive to the protection of the sea and its inhabitants and increasingly aware that the guarantee of a better future also starts from these small but very important gestures.


In Tricase, the first advanced course for the development of coastal communities

The first Advanced Course on Sustainable development of coastal communities began on 9 September 2019 and will run until mid-November.

This is a new high-level specialized training program launched by CIHEAM Bari in collaboration with FAO, within the context of the Blue Hope Initiative, and funded by the Italian Cooperation.

The advanced course on Coastal Community Development aims to strengthen stakeholders capacities and develop and implement integrated management policies, strategies and tools, focusing especially on stakeholders empowerment, offering a comprehensive view of the Blue Economy explored through a cross-sectoral approach.

Fishery, aquaculture and sustainable coastal development will be the major areas developed in the course, focusing in particular on management, technical and legal aspects and taking into account administrative issues.

The training is reserved for officials of the Ministries of Agriculture and Fisheries of Albania, Algeria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Egypt, Kenya, Lebanon, Mauritania, Mozambique, Somalia and Tunisia.

The first week of the course was held at the headquarters of CIHEAM Bari, in Valenzano (BA) while from September 16 the lessons were transfered to the MARE Outpost, in the Port Museum of Tricase.


In Salento, the “turtle miracle”

August was a special month on the Salento beaches.

Hundreds of small sea turtles have reached the sea under the eyes of the technicians of the Natural History Museum of Salento, and this year, also of two Lebanese guests, Hassan Hamze, Deputy Director of the Tyre Coast Nature Reserve and Fadya Jomaa, Executive Director of Greenarea International .

The two are engaged, in their country, in defense of sea turtles and have arrived in Italy to train at the Salento recovery center, led by Piero Carlino, who they have already met in Lebanon thanks to the NEMO project, implemented by CIHEAM Bari and financed by the Italian Cooperation.

The NEMO project has implemented a series of awareness-raising activities for the protection of sea turtles in Lebanon.

The training covered all the main topics, from nest management to managing specimens found in difficulty.

The two Lebanese participants were thus able to acquire the necessary skills and basic knowledge, to start their recovery work in Lebanon, at the small center, currently stopped due to structural deficiencies and the lack of competence of the operators.


Tricase and the mission”Gino the garbage octopus”

The Port Museum of Tricase continues to invest in culture and nature and to involve actors and protagonists of its life to build, together, a “BlueLand”, designing opportunities, assessing the needs and imagining progress and developments.

An important step towards this important goal was the operation “Gino, the garbage octopus” which took place on Sunday 23rd June, on the docks of the port, organized within the framework of the Blue Land Project, by CIHEAM Bari, MARE Outpost, Magna Grecia Mare Association, Port Museum of Tricase and Municipality of Tricase.

A day of awareness of respect for the environment and the sea that wanted to clean up the seabed of the port and the entire port area thanks to the great work of Dwd Diving Chiuri, the core divers of the Coordination of Volunteer Civil Protection Lecce, Clean Up Tricase and the always valuable support of the fishermen of Tricase.

The presence of a biologist on the quay gave children the opportunity to observe and learn about the marine organisms settled on the waste brought to the surface by divers and immediately release them into the sea.

The morning ended with the release of a specimen of Caretta Caretta, wounded and treated at the Marine Turtle Recovery Center of the Museum of Calimera Naturalia, supported by the Local Maritime Office of Tricase and Masseria Nonno Tore.


Blue Land meets Tricase stakeholders

MARE Outpost, peripheral headquarters of CIHEAM Bari, in the Port Museum of Tricase, hosted on Monday, June 3, 2019, the meeting between stakeholders and local actors to share the development objectives and priorities identified, in the coastal area of Tricase, with specific reference to the marine environment.

The meeting, organized by Cooperative Research Institute – ICR, included the presentation of the marine area in front of the coast of Tricase, a brief description of the concept of Natural Capital associated with the main macro-ecosystems and a guided discussion and detailed analysis of the perceived value of the area and the macro-ecosystems identified. The suggestions emerging from the discussion will be useful to define a possible management of the marine environment and its resources.

The meeting is part of the activities of the BLUE LAND project, funded by Interreg IPA CBC Italy-Albania-Montenegro, which aims to define a model for participatory co-management of marine and coastal areas.

BLUE LAND is jointly implemented by CIHEAM Bari, the National Agency for Protected Areas – Napa (Albania), INCA Albania, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Montenegro, the University of Montenegro – Institute of Marine Biology, the Cooperative Research Institute – ICR, in partnership with AICS Tirana and Puglia Region, Department of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environmental.


With Webport towards the creation of a network of “Mediterranean” schools

The Mediterranean communities of Webport were also present at the event organized by “Il Veliero Parlante“, which was held on Friday 17 May, in Lecce (Italy).

Il Veliero Parlante is the network of 52 schools in Puglia, in the provinces of Lecce and Brindisi, which collaborate to find new forms of teaching matrix laboratory, in line with the objectives of sustainable development of “Agenda 2030”.

A connection was set up, for the occasion, at the Manifatture Knos in Lecce that hosted, from 11 to 18 May, the final event of Il Veliero Parlante 2019, in order to return the results and to share the experiences acquired by the students thanks to the educational path undertaken.

The meeting opened with the presentation of CIHEAM Bari, creator (together with the Italian Cooperation) and manager of Webport and its cooperation activities, in favour of the fragile communities of the Mediterranean, the digital port Webport and the Port Museum of Tricase, as a good practice and model to be exported in the Mediterranean context.

Prof. Ornella Castellano, coordinator of the network of Il Veliero Parlante, invited the communities present to start together an educational path useful to meet again next year, to share concrete results of progress achieved through cooperation. All participants immediately expressed their appreciation for the proposal put forward by Prof. Castellano declaring, immediately, their willingness to research and select schools.

In addition to the students from the 52 schools involved, the meeting was also attended by teachers and school managers and numerous visitors.


The cross border meeting of Co.Co.Tour at MARE Outpost

The MARE Outpost, peripheral headquarters of CIHEAM Bari, in the Port Museum of Tricase, hosted from 17 to 19 April the cross border meeting of the Co.Co.Tour project – Safeguarding, enhancing and promoting the natural and cultural heritage of COastal COmmunities by boosting the eco-museum model aiming at smart and sustainable TOURism management, financed by the territorial cooperation programme Interreg IPA CBC Italy-Albania-Montenegro.

The aim of the meeting was to share and identify common guidelines for the development of a cross-border eco-museum model in the territories of Himara (Albania) and Herceg Novi (Montenegro) on the model of the Tricase Port Museum.

Cocotour aims to safeguard, enhance and promote the natural and cultural heritage of coastal communities, encouraging the model of ecomuseum, for an intelligent and sustainable tourism. The project is carried out in partnership by Magna Grecia Mare Association and the Municipality of Tricase, in Italy, Albanian Development Fund and the Municipality of Himara, in Albania, Herceg Novi Municipality and Local Democracy Agency, in Montenegro and involves the National Agency for Protected Areas | NAPA – Albania as an associated partner.


An educational webinar on Webpport

Once again, it was the “future generations” of the Mediterranean who animated the virtual docks of the digital port Webport.

On Wednesday, April 17, an educational seminar was held, dedicated to children of primary school from Albania, Algeria, Egypt, Italy, Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia.

They met to share their experiences related to “eating fish”, to increase their awareness that “eating fish is good” and that “local fish is better”, as well as to reflect on the need for its increasingly intelligent and responsible consumption.

The meeting was organized by the community of Zarzis (Tunisia) and coordinated by CIHEAM Bari through its peripheral headquarters MARE Outpost, in the Port Museum of Tricase.

Webport is the digital port that brings together the coastal communities of the Mediterranean in dialogue, sharing and exchange of experiences and knowledge.

Webport is designed and implemented by CIHEAM Bari in the framework of the NEMO programme, financed by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation and the General Directorate for Development Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.


In Tricase, a course for the sustainable management of fish stocks

It was held from 17 to 28 March 2018, at the MARE Outpost, peripheral headquarter  of CIHEAM Bari, in the Port Museum of Tricase, the training course entitled “Stock assessment methodology and habitat mapping tools”.

The course was organized by CIHEAM Bari, together with the CNR and the Coast Guard – Bari Maritime Directorate with the aim of providing the necessary skills for the evaluation, monitoring and conservation of fish stocks, for sustainable resource management.

The program is part of the MARE project – Institutional Assistance for the Development of the Albanian Maritime Economy, funded by AICS Tirana and implemented in partnership with the Albanian Ministry of Environment and Tourism, the Albanian Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the CNR in Italy.


In the Port of Tricase, the story goes on!

Port of Tricase tales” is a series of cultural events organized by the Magna Grecia Mare Association and the Medialibrary of the Sea to present the history of the port and increase awareness in the community of the priceless value of the Port of Tricase.

A brief and fascinating journey through time, the re-enactment of a historical event that actually happened in the Port of Tricase, sets in motion a real path of reading, narration and animation of historical documents published and found in various archives and preserved in the Medialibrary of the Sea.

A way to teach everyone the local history, certainly useful to know the past, to fully experience the present and to imagine and intelligently plan the future.

The first appointment of the event was held on Sunday 24 March 2019, near the small beach of the port, and wanted to tell an episode that occurred in 1803 in a Tricase café. The story featured the owner of three “trabaccoli” moored in the port of Tricase, the captain of one of the three cargo ships and one of the onboard sailors.