Study Area: Loutanis River & Apolakkias Lake (NATURA 2000 sites of Rhodes Island).
The proposed project aims at implementing management actions, which are essential for the restoration and conservation of all L. ghigii* populations within the two NATURA 2000 sites of Rhodes island.
Objective: (1) To create model biotopes for the conservation of L. ghigii* populations in Loutanis stream and the artificial lake Apolakkia, (2) to ensure the maintenance of the genetic diversity for L. Ghigii* and the presence of as many vigorous populations as possible tin different freshwater bodies, after finding suitable locations, within the two NATURA 2000 sites in Rhodes, (3) to increase public awareness, as well as to stimulate communal and official concern and active participation in the conservation of this unique fish species and its habitats.