Zadar – the wealth of Adriatic

An educational project aimed at raising the awareness of Zadar's local population about the biodiversity of the Adriatic Sea, the threats to this biodiversity and the conservation measures necessary to maintain the health of the marine ecosystem, and the danger that marine litter poses to the sea and the coast. Project activities were the preparation of educational lectures and the production of a short screening on the protection of the Adriatic Sea and the threat posed by microplastic for the marine ecosystem and for people. Education was held as a part of Marine Tuesday at Public Library and in Primary School Šimun Kožičić Benje, Puntamika department. Children were familiarized with the problem of microplastic, small particles of plastics resulting from the decomposition of larger pieces under the influence of solar energy that become smaller and smaller, entering into the food chain of marine organisms and as a foreign body, with...

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EDUbrovnik – for the future of the Adriatic (2016)

Educational project focused on education on marine litter and the danger that marine plastics and microplastics present to the marine environment and biodiversity. The educational workshop was conducted with primary school pupils of Primary School Mokošica, and in Lapad bay, along with diving center Blue Planet, we organized an underwater clean-up action. Project was supported by the City of Dubrovnik.

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Monitoring of the noble pen shell in Telasica Nature Park (2014 – )

After baseline research and mapping in 2012, two years after, in 2014, in collaboration with the Public Institution Nature Park Telašćica (JU Park prirode Telašćica ), the first monitoring of noble pen shell in Telascica Nature Park was carried out. The monitoring of the status of noble pen shell is periodically carried out every two years and has been successfully continued in 2016. Usprkos lošem kišnom vremenu, monitoring na poznatim lokacijama je odrađen te su ustanovljena nova područja za proširenje monitoringa

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Research of fish communities with non-invasive methods in MPAs (2014 – 2015)

Numerous methods are used to evaluate the condition of fish stocks and fish communities in the infralitoral. Frequently used non-invasive research methods are Underwater Visual Census (UVC) and Baited Remote Underwater Video System (BRUVS). Such methods of research are suitable for marine protected areas MPAs), and are an important tool for assessing the effectiveness of their protection. Such surveys, with habitat mapping, were carried out in the Croatian MPAs: National Park Mljet and the Nature Park Telascica, where colleagues from the University of Palermo joined us. Locations included in the research are locations of potential future no-take zones. We mapped marine habitats at locations of future no-take zones, and photographed the seabed for the purposes of monitoring the changes. We also set temperature data loggers. By exploring the fish communities, we have been able to compile a list of species of fish present in the parks and evaluate their abundance....

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Research of eastern archipelago of Lastovo Islands Nature Park (2014 – 2015)

Lastovo Island and few smaller archipelagos, one of which are Lastovnjaci and Vrhovnjaci, form the Marine Protected Area of Lastovo Island Nature Park. The area of Lastovnjaci was researches over a period of two years (2014-2015) during which marine habitats were mapped and an inventory of species was noted. In addition, detailed mapping was done in the areas of the Nature Park where no-take zones should be established. In 2014, first research was done on mapping of marine habitats in the area of Lastovnjaci and inventory of species. That gained us insight into the richness of the Park's flora and fauna. We also paid attention to the invasive species and recorded their existence on the sites where they were observed. The same activities have continued with future field research. Along with them, on Lastovo we educated Park visitors about the importance of responsible eco-friendly behavior, and we demonstrated our research...

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