Attilio Cerruti: At the service of environmental protection and economic development

Attilio Cerruti was born in Picerno (PZ) on July 4, 1879. At only twenty-two, he graduated in Naples, in Natural Sciences. In 1914, the General Directorate of the State Property appointed him as Technical Inspector of the Small Sea for molluscs, at the headquarters of Taranto, institution intended to revive the mussel farming and oyster farming, conducted for centuries in the seas of Taranto (Mar Piccolo and Mar Grande) , severely compromised by poor management. Therefore, in those years, he put in place a series of studies and actions, aimed at mitigating also the effects of the war on the aforementioned activities, actions that, rightfully, are configured as a new discipline, the "war ecology".