Interreg IT-HR


The PRIZEFISH objective is to implement a cross-border, territorial and socio-economic developmental change in the cooperative renewable exploitation of Adriatic fishery resources and consequently in the long-term benefits on the Adriatic marine ecosystems. Adriatic fishery resources are shared and exploited by coastal economic communities and they suffer of overfishing or severe exploitation and decline risks. Common Fisheries Policy recommends to implementing medium-term strategy for sustainability, based on strong scientific/socio-economic analyses and innovative actions that can empower small scale fishermen and fishery operators to adopt low-impact fishing methods.Common Organisations of Markets recommends cross-border cooperation among fishers towards sustainable fishing, matching market demands and consumer attitudes, as well creating innovative added-value seafood products that can penetrate with success EU and non-EU markets.
PRIZEFISH tackles the dual territorial challenge for Italian and Croatian Adriatic fishing SMEs and Producer Organizations (POs) to be more sustainable and to increase their economic competitiveness in the seafood markets, by developing and piloting innovative fishery products with added-value given by ecolabels fulfilling requirements of environmental, economic and social sustainability.
This goal will be achieved through a three-pillar approach (High content of research & innovation, Industry-driven and market penetration and Capitalization in fishery-based communities) and a transnational, balanced IT-HR partnership built on the quadruple helix approach: University & Research Institutes; Fishing SMEs & POs, Territorial development bodies and no-profit organizations/NGOs. 
1. Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna – (CIRSA) lead partner (Ravenna, IT) 
2. Zadar County (Zadar, HR)
3. Institute of marine science - CNR ISMAR (Ancona, IT)
4. ASSAM - Agency for Agrofood Service Sector of Regione Marche (Ancona, IT)
5. CESTHA Experimental centre for habitat conservation (Ravenna, IT)
6. Secondary School Remo Brindisi (Lido degli Estensi, Ferrara, IT)
7. Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries (Split, IT)
8. National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics (OGS, Trieste, IT)
9. Fishermen’s Cooperative OMEGA3 (Kali, HR)
10. Fishing Cooperative ISTRIA (Porec, HR)
11. Organization producers of bivalve mollusc of the Veneto Sea (Venezia, IT)
12. Advisory service public institution for advisory activities in agriculture, rural development, fisheries and forest management (Zagreb, IT)
13. Public institution RERA SD for coordination and development of Split-Dalmatia County (Split, HR)
14. Emilia Romagna Region (Bologna, IT)


The MARLESS project intends to tackle the problem of Marine Litter in the Adriatic Sea from many fronts in order to obtain visible and concrete results. Numerous in fact are the factors that intervene in the creation of Marine Litter, plastics coming from the inlnads, plastics from the touristic sector or aquaculture.

The project's approach is therefore to address the problem using a holistic approach, intervening jointly on the scientific and monitoring aspects, without neglecting the involvement of citizens who generate waste but who can be very helpful allies in identifying them or in containing its expansion. Taking advantage also of the partnership's composition, which sees numerous regional and national public bodies, the project does not neglect even the normative aspect within which the proposed actions move and therefore provides a series of interventions for comparison between the partners in order to identify the bottlenecks created by the application of different regulations they have a community originator but which are then declined in national laws, which can facilitate the solution of the problem but can also unintentionally hinder it by coming into conflict with each other.

EMRG is involved in the task on “Pyrolysis testing on Plastic Marine Litter”, which includes receiving at plastics samples (about 250 kg in weight) collected by the Partners, analysis and separation of the different kinds of plastic (polyamides, polycarbonate, polyester, etc.), shipment to the Fraunhofer UMSICHT Sulzbach-Rosenberg Branch for pyrolysis with the dedicated iCycle® equipment, shipment back of the products (oil, char and syngas) to Ravenna and characterization of the products in terms of elemental analysis, carbon content, heating value and pollutants content (sulphur, halogens). The expected output will be a procedure for the treatment of Plastic Marine Litters, adapted to the different kinds of collected plastic.