Table 1. European, Italian, and regional legislation regulating mussel culture in Taranto.

Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive 91/271/EEC It concerns the collection, treatment, and discharge of urban waste water and the treatment and discharge of industrial waste waters.
Water Framework Directive 2000/60/EC It commits European Union member states to achieve good qualitative and quantitative status of all water bodies, including marine waters up to one nautical mile from shore, by 2015.
Marine Strategy Framework Directive 2008/56/EC It outlines a transparent, legislative framework for an ecosystem-based approach to the management of human activities that supports the sustainable use of marine goods and services.
Italian Legislative Decree n. 530 dated 30 December 1992 and subsequent amendments Implementation Directive 91/4912/ECC and Ministerial Decree 14/10/98 of the Ministry of Health establishes the health regulations that apply to the production and marketing of bivalve molluscs.
Regional Committee resolution n. 785 of 24/06/1999 Legislative Degree n. 131 of 27/01/1992 - implementation of the Shellfish Waters Directive (79/923/EEC) on the quality required of shellfish waters - Verification of conformity with art. 3.
Circular n. 703/3164/1647 dated 20 March 1996 issued by the Ministry of Health Identification and classification of designated areas for shellfish farming in accordance with the Italian legislative decree n. 530 date 30 December 1992, and subsequent amendments.
Legal Order of Taranto Port Authority N. 703/3164/1647 Designated farming and harvesting areas for bivalve mollusks and other species.
Legal Order of Taranto Port Authority N. 13 of 16/01/2001 Regulations for the application and concession of designated state maritime areas for shellfish farming in Taranto.
Legal Order of Taranto Port Authority N. 107 of 11/04/2005 Anchoring areas of Mar Piccolo and Mar Grande of Taranto are designated.