The importance of preserving Croatia's maritime heritage is a pledge of a sustainable and better future for national tourism

Cleaning actions are the first step to a clean seabed

14. May 2024.

Nautics, as one of the leading and fastest growing branches of tourism in Croatia, is experiencing continuous development and increasing popularity among tourists from all over the world.

Croatia currently occupies as much as 40 percent of the total world charter market and proudly stands out as the host of one of the of the largest charter fleets on a global level, with about 5.000 vessels. Thanks to the unique indented coast with more than  thousand magical islands, clear sea, untouched nature and rich cultural and historical heritage, nautical tourism in Croatia records better and better results from year to year. 

However, with the rise in popularity nautical tourism, the pressure on natural resources increases, so the timely protection and preservation of these resources become key priorities in national and even regional public tourism policies. The need for establishment green infrastructure capacities i sustainable management models in nautical tourism, it becomes inevitable in order to ensure the long-term preservation of natural beauty that will continue to attract sailors to the Adriatic coast in the future.

Green transition as an opportunity to transform the nautical sector

The maritime heritage of Croatia includes thousands of years of rich maritime traditions, which shaped the identity of many coastal cities and islands. With its old fishing ports, fishing and sailing culture, and wealth of maritime museums and monuments, Croatia is proud of its centuries-old maritime heritage.

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Considering the increasing number of vessels sailing the Adriatic, it is crucial to raise the question of sustainability and ecological responsibility, so that this rich tradition remains preserved for future generations.

Nautica today facing challenges such as pollution of the sea and coasts, threat to marine ecosystems and negative impacts on coastal areas, thus green transition becomes not only a need, but also a necessity. The implementation of sustainable practices in the nautical sector requires the engagement of all stakeholders, including boat owners, local authorities and members of local communities, with a special emphasis on the owners of the marinas themselves. 

The largest chain of marinas in the Mediterranean and the leader of the green transition in nautical tourism, ACI dd, is an example of a domestic company that, in addition to a rich tourist offer in even 22 navy which connects the extreme north and south of Croatia, it also works very successfully in the framework of digital transformation and green business.

For many years, ACI has been taking care of the protection of the sea and the environment, as well as the promotion and strengthening of energy efficiency, which is best demonstrated by the numerous underwater clean-up actions. These are actions that for years bring together a large number of ACI employees, as well as volunteers from local diving clubs, but also other interested volunteers and community members. At the same time, everyone is conducting underwater cleaning operations together  and the surrounding areas of the ACI marina and collect waste that has consequently accumulated over the year from various sources and damaged marine biodiversity.

Cleaning actions are the first step to a clean seabed

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Photos: Christian Gligora, the youngest underwater researcher in the world and member of the Board of ACI dd Josip Ostrogović

 

For many years, ACI's marinas have hosted numerous continuous sea and coastal cleaning actions. The last such action in a series was held at the beginning of May in the ACI marina Šimuni on the island of Pag, and gathered numerous citizens and volunteers.

This environmental action was held under the symbolic name "Blue and green purge", and significant amounts of waste were unloaded on the seabed, the coast, and all the green areas of this area on that occasion. Many interested members of the local community contributed to the preservation of the natural beauty of this place.

The action was also joined by the youngest underwater researcher in Croatia - the 16-year-old ACI ambassador Christian Gligora, who, together with divers and other volunteers, helped clean the seabed and preserve the environment for future generations.

Kristijan achieved a significant reputation for his discoveries of underwater archaeological sites, standing out for finds such as the ancient waterfront on the coast of Girenica and an ancient ship near the island of Mauna. His research is of great importance because it enriches the understanding of history and promotes awareness of the need to protect the marine environment, especially among the younger generations, which are also values ​​that are woven into the tradition that ACI as a company has nurtured since its very beginnings.

Among other cleaning actions initiated by the company, those in ACI marinas Palmižana, Šimuni and Supetarska Draga, which marked the past 40th anniversary of the establishment of the largest chain of marinas in the Mediterranean, stand out. Also, in the special focus of the public this year was the cleaning action held in the ACI marina Vodice, in which one of the more frequented Croatian marinas was relieved for more than 400 kg of waste. 

By taking care of nature and the environment to preserve the biodiversity of the Adriatic Sea

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Preservation of the environment is imperative in creating the nautical of the future and therefore a pledge of a better and more sustainable future for new generations.  Through the cooperation and engagement of all stakeholders of national tourism, as well as the economy as a whole, it is possible to ensure a positive and lasting impact of nautical tourism on the environment, but also to enable today's children and young people to enjoy the natural beauty of the Adriatic coast for many years to come.

The way to preserve nature and the environment is the way to a sustainable future, which will leave a legacy of clean, healthy, preserved and diverse nature to future generations.

Therefore, the duty of care for the sea and the environment is firmly tied to ACI's business culture, and the cleaning actions that the company continuously carries out in its marinas are just one of the many indicators that the human factor still has the greatest possible responsibility in business and respect - both for nature , as well as the traditions of Our Lady.

Photo: ACI

14. May 2024.