In Croatia, we are imagining a research center for the sustainable use of the Adriatic Sea


Biodiversity in the Adriatic Sea has nowadays reached unacceptable indices, some fish species have disappeared and the amount of those that still live in the sea is decreasing every day.

In the last 30 years the Adriatic Sea is experiencing a deep biological crisis because of the intensive fishing.

There is only one way to reverse this trend: drastically reduce fishing and meet the growing demand for European fish with eco- sustainable fish farming.

For the reasons mentioned above, Elips Jadran is planning to create, together with the University of Rijeka, the Research Center of Kvarner, for the improvement and exploitation of the Adriatic Sea in eco-friendly manner.

Our strategy? Modern technologies,  fish farming and… tourism

Croatia still enjoys crystal clear waters and sheltered bays with deep waters that constitute an ideal habitat for modern fish farms.

Nowadays there are very few farmed species. That is why Elips Jadran is thinking about this research center: to increase the number of farmed species and to improve the conditions of fish farming with the most efficient and modern monitoring technologies.

Will it be possible to eat lobsters and turbots farm-raised in the Adriatic Sea, thanks to the research projects of Kvarner? It is very likely.

And who knows? Maybe the tourists in the future will be able to follow the researches by visiting the experimental fish farms, or maybe young generations will spend their holidays collaborating with researchers. Elips believes it can be done.

How is the research center going to be financed?

Kvarner, to achieve its goals, hopes to be able to use the structural funds.

The new funds for Croatia, from September 2014, will help to support the development of infrastructures of the center, the research technologies and the work of researchers. Plus, for the occasion, researchers from other countries will be involved, mainly from Italy and Slovakia.


Photo: flickr/Avatarmin

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