Asinara, a singular natural heritage under surveillance
The rendezvous between science and sport, organized by Federparchi association, was the opportunity to promote underwater activities offered on the island sanctuary Asinara and scientific marine research carried out there whose singular environment with high levels of endemism and is under surveillance. The former prison island of Asinara converted into Marine National Park offers breathtaking scenery and a rich marine biodiversity exceptionally preserved due to long prison period which limited fishing and other maritime traffic.
Promote scientific knowledge and rise up environmental conscience
The aim of these open days is to improve the relationship with the territory to promote scientific knowledge and to raise up an environmental conscience. The initiative is accessible to children of all ages. Open days were held at the Cala Reale and Cala Trabuccato. The first, which is located north of Asinara, has a small port used from immemorial time as docking point between Porto Torres and Stintino.
If the Cala Trabuccato is also located north of the island, it is south facing. You can admire an Aragonese tower that overlooks the breathtaking landscape and azure blue sea and the dense fragrant maquis. In the depths, divers can admire a rich Mediterranean marine wildlife including the rare bivalve Pinna Nobilis, which can reach one meter in length, which is the largest Mediterranean mollusc. It is possible to access the Asinara island by private boat like the company Futurismo Asinara, from Stintino or using boats chartered by the Park for passenger transport.
The park is the only authorized organization to visit Asinara island and its beaches and swimming are allowed in specific areas. Carette turtles and monk seals used to visit Asinara coasts a few years ago.