Noble pen shell/Pinna nobilis
Description of the species:
The noble pen shell is the biggest shellfish in the Adriatic Sea. It can grow to a length of around 1 metre. It lives on sedimentary bottoms, and is also frequent in meadows of angiospermae Neptune grass at depths of 2 to 20 metres. It lives only in the Mediterranean, and can be found throughout the Adriatic.
Reasons for threat:
The populations of noble pen shell, due to excessive harvesting, have been completely obliterated in many areas. Its shells are much in demand as souvenirs.
The species is strictly protected by the Ordinance on designating protected and strictly protected wild species (Official Gazette 7/06 and 99/09). According to the Ordinance on penalties for damage caused by illegal actions against protected animal species (Official Gazette 84/96), the penalty for killing a noble pen shell is 500.00 kuna.
Poaching can be reported on the following phone numbers:
Inspectorate for the Protection of Nature
Istria and Kvarner - HQ in Rijeka, mr. sc. Ivanka Jelenić, senior inspector, tel: +385 (0)51 311302; mob: +385 (0)98 406313
Zadar region- HQ in Zadar, Damir Mitrović, senior inspector,
tel: +385 (0)23 211129; mob: +385 (0)98 406979
Šibenik and Split regions - HQ in Šibenik, Davor Cukrov, senior inspector
tel: +385 (0)22 215800; mob: +385 (0)98 406982
Dubrovnik region - HQ in Dubrovnik
Vesna Daničić, inspector
tel: +385 (0)20 323191; mob: +385 (0)98 407121
Source: www.dzzp.hr State Office for the Protection of Nature, Mrs Katja Jelić