Blue World Institute of Marine Research and Conservation
Lošinj Marine Education Centre, Kaštel 24
HR-51551 Veli Lošinj
Contact person: Peter Mackelworth
- Environmental organization
- Environmental project
- Educational policy/project
- Volunteers are welcome.
The Blue World Institute of Marine Research and Conservation is a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) from Veli Lošinj, Croatia, set up with the intention to carry out scientific research and conservation projects and promote environmental awareness in the Lošinj-Cres archipelago, Croatia and Adriatic region as a whole. Initialy, the Blue World was formed with the direct intention to take over the research and public awareness actions of the Adriatic Dolphin Project (ADP) started and managed by Tethys Research Institute in 1987. Blue World was founded in 1999 by 10 founders, mostly local but all involved in ADP during previous years. Presently, Blue World carries out three major programmes, research, conservation and education.
Our projects are:
• The Adriatic Dolphin Project, with field stations on the islands of Lošinj and Vis: The aim of this project is research of population ecology, genetics, acoustics and habitats of bottlenose dolphins and other Cetacean species of the Adriatic and conservation biology and their population and habitat model. ADP, since its start, has been one of the examples of best practice of successful integration of scientific research with practical conservation of one endangered species and its habitat.
• The Lošinj Marine Education Centre, Veli Lošinj: In 2003 Blue World opened the first marine education centre on the eastern Adriatic coast. In the centre there are permanent and temporary exhibitions and interactive multimedia presentations. In addition the centre hosts workshops and lectures for the education of visitors and different interest and age groups. The programme is being continuously updated and changed, and has been approved by Croatian Education and Teacher Training Agency.
• The Cres-Lošinj Marine Protected Area: The most significant project of the conservation programme has been the involvement of Blue World in the development of the Cres-Lošinj MPA, the first such area for dolphins in the entire Mediterranean. Blue World supports permanent protection of this area through support of the process of transparent public participation and establishment for the local protected area management institution.
• The Adriatic Marine Turtle Project: Research on the biology and ecology of marine turtles in the Adriatic Sea in cooperation with Croatian Natural History Museum from Zagreb. This includes tagging and satellite tracking and rehabilitation of injured animals. This project also works closely with the Pula Aquarium.
Peter Mackelworth is the Conservation Director at Blue World Institute.
For other net participants we can offer an expert guidance through trained staff, give an expert opinion, procure expert information and establish new contacts in the field of our work.