When Croatia became an EU member in 2013, some major changes affected Croatian fishermen and their traditional ways of fishing. For example, traditional fishing nets which had been used for generations were no longer in accordance with the European Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) which set of rules were made mostly for fishing in the Atlantic.
Therefore, three years after Croatia's accession to the EU, the Croatian Ministry of Culture declared small traditional fishing in Croatia as an intangible cultural heritage, the news which was confirmed by the Islands Parliament in Croatia.
This means that fishermen from Croatian islands and along the coastline will be able to use ‘’traditional skills and practices’’ which have been used for centuries without worrying about administrative obstacles and laws which came into force after the country’s accession to the European Union in 2013.
The decision was made in Zadar last week at the 113th session of the Ministry of Culture’s expert committee on determining properties of cultural goods after a proposal from the Croatian Islands Parliament.