The LIFE Artina – Seabird Conservation Network in the Adriatic project tackles conservation issues of pelagic seabird species in the Central Adriatic focusing on three species: Audouin’s gull (Larus audouinii), the Scopoli’s shearwater (Calonectris diomedea) and yelkouan shearwater (Puffinus yelkouan). Since it is important to protect bird populations in the areas they naturally occur, the aim of this project is to help proclaim new marine protected areas important for birds (SPAs) which are recognized as key areas not only for nesting but also for feeding and migration. Long-term effective management of the Adriatic Sea in Croatia will be possible, as well as better protection and conservation of seabirds, especially target species, by accomplishing projects’ goals. LIFE Artina specific objectives are:

  1. Identify marine SPAs at sea in southern Croatia for the Audouin’s gull, the Scopoli’s shearwater and Yelkouan shearwater.
  2. Understand and assess the main threats affecting seabird populations on land and at sea in the project area and define actions to mitigate them.
  3. Eradicate terrestrial invasive species (ship rats) on shearwater breeding colonies and control of yellow-legged gulls at breeding colonies of Audouin’s gulls.


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