The Adriatic Sea is a primary geographical determinant of the Republic of Croatia, highly influencing its economic potential and the country’s mentality. Therefore, it is important to educate new generations by developing ecological awareness and environmentally-oriented thinking and acting, in order to preserve this precious natural heritage.
In 1998, together with the University of Split, the Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries participated in the creation and launching of an academic program called the University Department for Sea and Maritime Studies, within which the undergraduate studies Marine Fishery and Marine Biology and Ecology were organized. The aforementioned studies aimed at educating young experts in the fields of biological oceanography, marine fisheries, aquaculture and sustainable management and protection of living marine resources. Much of the teaching process took place in laboratories of the Institute, as well as on Institute’s research vessel “BIOS”. Since 2011, by decision of the Senate of the University of Split, the study has been transformed into the University Department for Marine Studies, which successfully continues to educate new experts from the above mentioned areas through the undergraduate study Marine Biology and Technology and through graduate studies Marine Fishery and Marine Ecology and Protection (www. more.unist.hr). The scientists of the Institute participate in the teaching staff by transferring their knowledge in the field of fisheries and aquaculture, physical oceanography, meteorology, marine ecology, marine bacteriology, ecology of early developmental stages of fish, estuarine ecology, fisheries hydro acoustics and shellfish toxicity. The Institute’s new research vessel “BIOS DVA” is available to students for practical exercises on the methods in marine research.
Additionally, by signing a contract on business cooperation, the Institute became a teaching basis for several institutions within the University of Split, such as the Faculty of Chemistry and Technology and the Faculty of Science. This cooperation reinforced the link between the science and higher education, presenting students with the additional opportunities for scientific work and high-quality professional practice in the Institute’s laboratories.
In cooperation with the Faculty of Science (University of Zagreb-Department of Geology), the Institute’s scientists participate as teachers in the Interdisciplinary post-graduate study in Oceanology, conveying knowledge related to history of marine research, marine fisheries, aquaculture, the impact of climate change on the marine environment, the diverse biological communities of the Adriatic Sea and the sea optics. In the post-graduate study of the Applied Marine Sciences, jointly organized by the Universities of Split and Dubrovnik, our scientists also teach topics related to the application of oceanography in fisheries and aquaculture, the dynamics of populations of marine organisms, microbiological and toxicological aspects of the hygienic requirements for seafood, pelagic fish stocks estimate and harmful algal blooms.
In addition to the academic education process, we are also involved in educational activities for the general public, through the organization of professional and educational workshops and lectures, as well as media presentations related to themes within the fields of oceanography, fisheries and aquaculture. Through the Institute’s web site, it is possible to send a query or share information about rare or unusual occurrences observed in the marine environment, thus promoting the “Citizen science”, that is participation of our citizens and interested public in the scientific research.
For decades, research, protection and sustainable use of renewable marine resources have been our aim and mission, thus the education of young generations and the education of all stakeholders represents our contribution to the promotion of responsible behaviour and understanding of the Adriatic Sea as a sensitive ecosystem of diverse marine taxa and habitats.