We participated at the 1st AdriBioPro international conference in Montenegro

International Conference: Adriatic Biodiversity Protection – AdriBioPro2019 was organized from April 7-10, 2019 in Kotor, by the University of Montenegro, the Institute of Marine Biology. We participated at the conference with three oral presentations. Kora presented the underwater biodiversity of Silba reefs. Data for that research was collected on a field trip last fall under project by BIUS - Biology Student Association and 20000 Leagues Society. Kora pointed out the use of non-invasive methods and importance of young scientists being trained for basic marine biology research - habitat maping and inventarization. Hrvoje presented the first results review of the extensive exploration of shallow infralittoral communities of necto-benthic fish in the Adriatic, including the populations in Montenegro using only "bubble free" diving without noise, in complete silence with the rebreather. The results have shown that, beside using that extravagant, but effective, diving set up for research, our fish communities are in...

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Public voting for project “Clean Shorelines for SILBA” 🌎

Our project proposal "Clean Shorelines for SILBA" has been selected in first round of a funding competition organized by the EOCA European Outdoor Conservation Association. SECOND ROUND of the competition started - PUBLIC VOTING!!! We need support from all of you in order to have the chance to bring this project to reality. This project is the perfect combo of research and education on the topic of marine plastic! Follow the link to the voting page, give the project "Clean Shorelines for Silba" a click and forward the link further so that in the two weeks of voting we can collect enough votes to win this difficult competition. http://www.outdoorconservation.eu/project-voting-category.cfm?catid=3 Prepare your thumbs for sharing! 👍 http://www.outdoorconservation.eu/project-voting-category.cfm?catid=3 Photo credit: Noortje Schrauwen (By the Ocean we Unite) The project partners are: Društvo za zaštitu prirodne i kulturne baštine otoka SilbeBy the Ocean we Unite Pokret Otoka / Island MovementDeep Blue ExplorersSEA Silba Environment...

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Fish Forum Conference in Rome

We participated in FishForum! - the first joint conference of all stakeholders on fisheries in the Mediterranean and Black Sea, organized by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) in Rome under motto "Bringing Science, Seas and People together" As part of the conference we have also presented our research on the wrecks "Vis" at Kamenjak, Istria and "Ledenik" at Sestrunja Island as a potential for preserving the fish community, encouraging diving tourism, but also additional value for small coastal fishing.

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Be became official partners of MedPAN network! 👍

At the annual General Assembly of members of MedPAN (network of managers of marine protected areas in the Med), the Society 20000 Leagues was accepted as the official partner of this organization. The General Assembly was held as part of a knowledge exchange workshop in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, on the subject of small coastal fishing which we were unfortunately unable to attend. Happy news has come to us from our partners! http://medpan.org/about/medpan/members-and-partners/#M This may be our vote that brought us the partnership :) (Photo: MedPAN-network)

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Workshop on MPAs in Montenegro

Workshops "Habitat Directive" and "Protected Marine and Coastal Areas in Montenegro" were organized at the Institute for Marine Biology in Kotor on November 19th. The issue of protected areas, and in particular the development of the Natura 2000 network in Montenegro, has become increasingly relevant to Montenegro's accession to the European Union. We have responded to the invitation of our dear partners from MedCEM, who are co-organizers of this event as part of the project "Empowering legal fisheries in the future Montenegrin MPAs." We presented our research on fish communities in Croatian MPAs compared with fish communities in Montenegrin future MPAs that we did in 2017. Also, we shared our knowledge and experience in collaboration with Public Institutions and stakeholders, citizens, fishermen, etc. and what can be the role of an NGO in the process of forming a Natura 2000 network.

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