The Tri Mora FLAG is situated in the central part of Adriatic coast in Zadar County, under the Velebit mountain range and stretching over the Velebit channel. It lies on the ‘three seas’ (Tri Mora) the Adriatic, Novigrad and Karin seas and the river Zrmanja. A characteristic of the area due to its location in the Velebit channel is very strong winds, which can reach speeds of up to 250kph.
A large part of the FLAG area is under Natura 2000 protection. Due to the regions natural and cultural attributes, tourism is a primary economic sector in the area. However, fishing is a traditional activity and is still the main source of income for many local people. The areas of the Novigrad and Karin seas are rich in fish and shellfish. Due to the quality and purity of the water in the area, the seas are suitable for cultivating mussels.
Challenges to the FLAG area include are poor and ageing fishing infrastructure, low level of cooperation and networking among fishermen, the negative image of mariculture, insufficient diversification of activities and the seasonality of tourism incomes.
Protected areas include two nature monuments: Modrić cave and Zeleni hrast (an oak tree over 250 years old). Parts of the FLAG territory are Natura 2000 areas: the Novigrad and Karin seas, the Zrmanja river canyon and a few smaller rivers.
The Tri Mora FLAG will support projects to maintain traditional fisheries and maricultural activities, promote favourable environmental conditions, encourage networking, diversify the fisheries sector and create additional value to fisheries products. The FLAG strategy has the following key objectives:
Project examples and ideas include:
The FLAG will make periodic calls for projects. Deadlines and more information will be made available on the FLAG website
The FLAG is newly established and therefore has limited experience of cooperation. The FLAG, however, is interested in cooperation with other Croatian FLAGs and other European FLAGs, especially on the theme of supporting the diversification in aquaculture activities.
FLAG members include the seven local authority units (one city and six municipalities), three fisheries businesses, one fishermen’s organisation, five aquaculture business, one environmental NGO and two cultural NGOs.