Dubrovnik Aquarium to be renovated

The Dubrovnik Aquarium is set to be reconstructed as part of the Explore Cross-border Aquatic Biodiversity (EXChAngE) project, in partnership with the Institute for the Sea and Coast of the University of Dubrovnik is the main partner.

According to The Dubrovnik Times, the aquarium will get new pools in the existing positions, constructed from fiberglass and acrylic panels. The renovated Aquarium is expected to reopen in the summer of 2021. The total budget of the project is 1.7 million euros with EU co-financing of 1.4 million euros, started on 15 of August 2020 lasting for 24 months.

The EXChAngE project will also develop a new tourist product – Blue Pass, which will enable visits to new thematic routes with improved infrastructure and attract more tourists in the areas: Dubrovnik and Aquarium Dubrovnik (Croatia), Kotor and Aquarium Boka (Montenegro), Aqua Path Hutovo Blato and Old bridge and river Mostar Neretva (Bosnia and Herzegovina). This will be the first attempt to create such a cross-border tourism product. The main goal of the project is to strengthen and diversify tourist offers through research on transboundary aquatic biodiversity to enable better management and sustainable use of cultural and natural heritage.

 Dr. Nenad Antolović, the Head of the Institute for Marine and Coastal Research of the University of Dubrovnik, said: “Blue Pass is much more than a joint ticket for five localities in three neighboring countries. It will offer comprehensive information in digital and paper form, guided tours of Dubrovnik Aquarium (Croatia), Kotor and Aquarium Boka (Montenegro), Hutovo Blato Aqua Path, and Mostar Aqua Path (Bosnia and Herzegovina), and creates a community for sustainable use of the cross-border aquatic biodiversity.”

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