Mission, vision, goals

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.

Blue World cooperates with a number of organisations and institutions in Croatia and abroad. Blue World is a partner of ACCOBAMS, The Agreement on Conservation of Cetaceans of Mediterranean, Black sea and contigious Atlantic area.

The current priorities of Blue World are:
-   Continuation of the work of Adriatic Dolphin Project, the longest ongoing study of one resident bootlenose dolphin community in the Mediterranean Sea
-   Establishment and promotion of the Lošinj Dolphin Reserve, a marine reserve in Lošinj-Cres archipelago, sustainable developmant and integrated coastal management of the area
-   Management and continous content development of the Lošinj Marine Education Center (LMEC), a local education and interpretation center on marine environment and bottlenose dolphin community inhabiting the area opened in 2003.
-   Securing finantial stability of the ADP and LMEC through activities, programs, donations and sponsorships
-   Creation of a public awareness team from the local community and expansion of the educational activities
-   Promotion and encouragement of sustainable use of the resources found within the Lošinj archipelago
-   Expansion of the research area and opening of new research and new field bases in Central and Southern Adriatic.