MARELITT projects, Croatia

The Centre for Marine Research is starting a marine litter retention project in Rovinj

Project summary

Participants: Center for Marine Research of the Ruđer Bošković Institute (lead); fishermen of Rovinj; Port authority of Rovinj; Komunalni servis d.o.o (municipal waste management company); NGO Zelena Istra (Green Istria); Chamber of Commerce of Istria; Municipality of Rovinj

Location: Northern Adriatic Sea, Istrian Coast (HR)

Fishing ports involved: Rovinj

Number of vessels involved: 20-25 in the first stage of the project 

Project objectives: Remove marine litter and contribute to the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive in Croatia and to achieving good environmental status ; Collect data on marine litter in the Northern Adriatic Sea; Raise awareness on the problem of marine litter


With this project, CMR aims to contribute to the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive in Croatia and to achieving good environmental status (GES) of Croatian Waters by 2020.

The CMR is responsible to achieve some of the goals set out in the MSFD for Croatia and engaged in several monitoring programs. The project will contribute to the reduction of waste on the seabed, and to sensitise and create public awareness regarding the problem of marine litter. Monitoring and data analysis activities will be a useful tool to estimate the effects of marine litter retention, and to measure the progress made towards achieving a good environmental status.

The project will start in the port of Rovinj. Rovinj is a strategic port in the area. As a fish-canning factory is located in the city, fishermen from the region land their fish there. By choosing Rovinj, the project will have an influence on the whole west-Istrian coast. The west-Istrian coast is also where the largest part of the local fishing fleet. Both professional and recreational fishermen will be involved in the project. Most of the professional fishermen involved will be small-scale fishermen - gillnetters and small trawlers. The project will start in Rovinj as a pilot; later on other ports such as Pula, Fazana, Vrsar, Novigrad, Porec, and Umag might participate. 

Port of Rovinj

Roberta F. [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Croatian workshop 

CMR organised a workshop in Rovinj on 30 and 31 October 2014 gathering potential project participants and policy makers to discuss the implementation of the project. The first day was marked by interventions from fishermen, the city of Rovinj and the regional and national governments; the second day was focused on awareness-raising with the NGO Zelena Istra. The workshop resulted in an action plan for the preparatory phase of the project. OLPA presented the Italian MARELITT project and a representative of DEFISHGEAR presented their marine litter removal activities in the Adriatic Sea. Further cooperation between CMR, OLPA and DEFISHGEAR was also discussed. Read the workshop report

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About the Rudjer Boškovic Institute – Center for Marine Research

The Center for Marine Research (CMR) is one of the leading national and regional scientific organisations focused upon basic and applied oceanological research, especially responding to local community and government needs. CMR is part of the Ruđer Bošković Institute, regarded as Croatia’s leading scientific institute in the natural and biomedical sciences as well as marine and environmental research.





Workshop report Croatia