From the sea to the library (2017)

Within the educational project "From the sea to the library", series of lectures and workshops were held for pupils of primary schools on various topics: Deep Sea, Fish and Fisheries and Marine litter - Plastic and Microplastics. These workshops were held in the libraries of towns of Zadar County - in Obrovac, Sali on Dugi otok and Silba. Through an interactive lecture, workshop and interesting games, the pupils had the opportunity to get acquainted with the many interesting facts and dangers that the sea is hiding. Obrovac Sali Project was supported by Zadar County (Zadarske županije).

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Research of submerged and partially submerged speleoobjects in Šibenik-Knin County

In the underwater of Šibenik-Knin County, research was conducted on several known and potential speleoobject locations. In exploration dives we found and recorded five speleobjects - submerged caves. Each of the cave objects was geolocated, the dimensions of the objects were measured, and a photo-documented habitat was recorded. One of the most interesting locations was a geological phenomena and a interesting semi-closed ecosystem of a Dragons Eye Lake near town of Rogoznica. Project was conducted in partnership with Public Institution for protected areas in Šibenik-Knin County - Priroda (Javnom ustanovom za upravljanje zaštićenim područjima i drugim zaštićenim dijelovima prirode Šibensko-kninske županije PRIRODA)

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Operation Wallacea in Croatia – CROPWALL – Mljet 2017.

Operation Wallace in Croatia - CROpwall is a part of the project Dinaric karst biodiversity course. 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. Volunteer camp in the first year of Cropwall was located in the National Park Mljet, where more than 150 students around the world have passed the program of education and training the skills and methodologies of research of the marine environment and organisms. Participants gained new knowledge and skills on the subject of sustainable lifestyle, 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 collected important data for science through their training and participated in the research of communities of sea...

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Research of microplastics in sea cucmbers (2017)

Microplastics poses a major problem for the marine environment, both in the column of water and sedimentation on the sea bottom. The most convenient habitat for the study of sedimented microplastics is sediment bottoms on which we did initial microplastic analysis in the marine environment of our Adriatic coast. The focus of this research was organisms on this sediment bottom - sea cucumbers. We have collected these sea invertebrates in various locations along the middle Adriatic - Kornati islands, Dugi otok and Silba. Since they consume organic matter from the sea bottom sediment, these organisms are an excellent example of how many plastic particles pass through the digestive system of marine organisms. The research was conducted in collaboration with BsRC scientists and researchers from Italy. Results of the research are published in following papers with our members within the main authors:Renzi M., Blašković A. et al (2018) Plastic litter transfer...

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Microplastic research in the eastern Adriatic (2015-2016)

Microplastics in the marine environment is an unexplored phenomenon in the eastern Adriatic. The most convenient habitat for the study of precipitated microplastic are sediment bottoms, and that is why those habitats were used for basis microplastic analysis in the marine environment of our Adriatic coast. Sediment samples were collected in Telašćica Nature Park and in them we defined for the first time the quantity and type of plastic litter (microplastics) in the shallow sediments. The research was organized within the Master thesis filed trip research of the member of the 20000 Leagues in collaboration with BsRC scientists and researchers from Italy and the Faculty of Science in Zagreb. Results of the research are published in a paper Blašković A. et al (2017) Plastic litter in sediments from the Croatian marine protected area of the natural park of Telašćica bay (Adriatic Sea). Marine Pollution Bulletin 114:583–586.

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