In this biannual report of the Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries for the years 2009 and 2010 we should especially pay attention to the year 2009 which was very important for the Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries, because after 56 years the Institute got a new oceanographic research vessel, the BIOS II.
The name BIOS II symbolizes the long tradition of the Institute in scientific research, because the new ship, together with the name has assumed all those tasks that the old BIOS for years successfully carried out, and which shall now be performed in much shorter time and with much more complex and modern equipment. After many years of use and countless trips in the Adriatic waters, the old BIOS was no longer adequate for all the challenges that research and today’s modern science require. With the new research vessel, the Institute can be actively and equally involved in all major international projects undertaken in the Adriatic, and even the Mediterranean.
BIOS II is 37 meters long, has the latest equipment for oceanographic and fisheries research, 15 double cabins equipped with private toilet facilities, lounges, laboratories, and the area where the ship can carry out the research includes the Adriatic and the Mediterranean Sea. The new ship was built with joint funds of the Institute and the Ministry of Education and Sports of the Republic of Croatia.
Besides the acquisition of new ship, in 2009 laboratory facilities for testing the shellfish toxicity were additionally equipped, and now, in addition to HPLC and other standard equipment, are equipped with the latest LC / MS / MS device.
In 2010 experimental hatchery has been completely updated, thus enabling the Institute to be opened to additional opportunities of involvement in the international research projects related to the introduction of new species in marine aquaculture, which is now considered a key scientific problem in the investigation of the sea food.
By the beginning of 2010, after many years of failed efforts, the Institute has managed to obtain new workspaces, but because of the global recession which is reflected onto the operations of the Institute, restoration and renovation of these areas are likely to be slowed.
Scientific activity of the Institute in 2009 and 2010 took place within twenty national and international scientific research projects and results of this activity are manifested through the papers published in CC journals as well as in a number of scientific papers by researchers of the Institute presented at some forty international scientific meetings and published in the congress proceedings. During 2009 and 2010 the Institute was the organizer of six international conferences and workshops related to the on-going projects.
In addition, in 2009 several significant international projects were completed. At the same time work began on two new international projects (FP7 and IPA), while four international projects are still under evaluation, which should be completed by the end of 2010. In the last few years, the Institute is increasingly focusing on the use of funds from international sources; due to the high cost of oceanographic research our national funds for research projects are insufficient for conducting regular surveys of the sea.
Full Annual report (pdf format) can be downloaded here.