Dubrovnik Aquarium will be reconstructed as part of the Explore Cross-border Aquatic Biodiversity (EXChAngE) project, in which the Institute for the Sea and Coast of the University of Dubrovnik is the main partner.
Compared to the current look, the Aquarium will get new pools in the existing positions, which are planned to be prefabricated from elements of fiberglass construction and acrylic panels. The Institute has obtained all permits from the competent authorities for this reconstruction. The opening of the renovated Aquarium is expected 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 15th of August 2020 and will last for 24 months.
The EXChAngE project will 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.
The project is supported within the Interreg IPA cross-border cooperation program Croatia - Bosnia and Herzegovina - Montenegro 2014-2020, and uses the ERDF and IPA II funds of the European Union.