European Voluntary Service – project MENPA (2018)

The EVS program is part of the Erasmus + EU program that enables young people from all over Europe to volunteer, learn, travel and improve their social and professional skills by volunteering in another country. With this program, the we had hosted one volunteer; Carolina, for a period of several months as a part of "Marine Ecology and Nature Protection in the Adriatic - MENPA" project. With this project, Carolina became an integral part of the Society and participated in all the activities of the association, from educational projects to those of research. As a great lover of the sharks, she completed our educational program and held numerous lectures for young students from Croatia and around the world on this field of her interest as a part of her personal project. She also has collected an impressive volunteering experience which she had presented, with numerous options for inclusion in the...

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Light up the Silba underwater! (2018)

Educational research project "Light up the Silba underwater!" we planned for the occasion of the World Animal Day and the World Protection of Habitats Day on Silba. Main activities were research activities of inventorization of Silbas Reefs with members of BIUS Association and testing the "squid - pop" methodology for measuring the rate of predation. We also conducted an educational workshop for Primary School pupils on Silba on biodiversity led by students from the Marine Group from BIUS . We educated pupils about various but common species in the Adriatic sea, with whom they might have met but they did not know much about. We have also upgraded their knowledge of potential threats to these organisms in the form of climate change, pollution, invasive species and so on. Squid-pop preparation After that, at dusk we opened a underwater photography exhibit called. With good weather and excellent local food products we...

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Together against Marine Litter (2018)

The topic of litter in the marine environment is insufficiently talked about in raising awareness and the harmfulness of it to the environment not known to most people. Some groups of litter in the sea have a different destiny and impact on the marine organisms, especially observed over a longer time scale. This topic is increasingly being the subject of research on a global scale. Nowadays, it has become more and more a hot topic, especially the issue of plastic, and people are being encouraged to change their habits. Marine litter has a completely different pathway than that of a landfill waste. Numerous studies point to the presence of the smallest parts of plastic - microplastic - in the column of seawater, sediment, and also marine organisms, including commercially important types of marine fish. Considering the connection of all world seas, it is necessary to act as effectively and united...

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Operation Wallacea in Croatia – CROpwall 2018.

Operation Wallace in Croatia - CROpwall is a part of the Dinaric karst biodiversity course programe. Organized as an educational-expedition-research project of a multi-month volunteer camp funded by the donation of the British organization Operation Wallace, which originated as an initiative of the academic community of the University of Oxford. The program is implemented in partnership with them and the Deep Blue Explorers association. A Volunteer Camp in the second year of Cropwall was located in the National Park Mljet and the Nature Park of Lastovo, where more than 200 students around the world have passed the program of education and training of marine science research skills through biological research. Participants gained new knowledge and skills on the subject of sustainable lifestyles, proper management of natural resources, raising awareness of protected and endangered marine species and the marine ecosystem as a whole. In addition to this, the participants volunteers have...

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Establishment of monitoring protocols for no-take zones in MPAs (2016-2017)

Collected baseline data in the research through 2014 and 2015, where we studied habitats and tested methodologies, were an excellent foundations for the implementation of two complementary projects: „Establishemnt of monitoring protocol for no-take zones in Lastovo Islands Nature Park and Mljet National Park" „Establishemnt of monitoring protocol for no-take zones in Telašćica Nature Park , Kornati National Park and Brijuni National Park “. Project activities included an extensive research on the condition of the infralitoral fish community in the areas proposed for the no-take zones in each MPA. The estimation of the state of fish community was done with the data collecte on species composition, abundance and estimated size for the purpose of obtaining biomass estimation. Research was done by a non-invasive UVC method. Along with the status of fish communities, important indicators needed to be monitored, like the state of habitat - the community of infralitoral algae and...

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