30 June 2018
With the cleaning of the beach of Palmarola, consisting of the removal of a ton of waste of various kind and carried out in collaboration with the Municipality of Ponza, the "Cooperativa Barcaioli Ponzesi" and the "Associazione Attivamente Ponza", we have temporarily concluded our activities on the islands. The last six months have been long, intense and tiring: we have faced many difficulties, primarily due to sea conditions, especially in Palmarola. However, the staff of the Protected Areas of Lazio did not get discouraged and eventually achieved the desired results: in Palmarola no more signs of rats (consumption of baits) have been observed, whereas in Ventotene the few signs are limited to small areas in the perimeter of the town.
As early as mid-September, we will be back on the islands, to verify the situation, consolidate the results and monitor shearwater nests, which we hope will finally benefit from the absence of rats. Also in September, the eradication of Carpobrotus will continue, and captures of feral goats will start in the south-west part of Palmarola.