• Experimental Center for Habitat Conservation
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  • Conservation projects and the fish fauna recovery center
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  • Activities for the development of sustainable fishing
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  • Protection of coastal ecosystems and wetlands
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The Italy-Croatia PRIZEFISH project aims to contribute to making the "Adriatic fishing" system more sustainable through numerous actions, which will address to innovation processes in the entire fish supply chain, to the development and implementation of Adriatic fishing techniques and sustainable and eco-certified products, in order to be then presented own of added value. With this activity, consumers more sensitive to environmentally sustainable products will be able to find an alternative.
Lastly, PRIZEFISH has the goal of providing greater opportunities for socio-economic development to fish companies, territories and rural communities, which base their economy on fishing in the Adriatic.
Total project budget: € 3.117.680,00 - ERDF Co-financing (85%): € 2.650.028,00
Total budget CESTHA (PP4): € 148.160,00 - ERDF Co-financing (85%): € 125.936,00
Project Duration in months: 30 - Start Date: 01/01/2019 - End Date: 30/06/2021

In particular, CESTHA will deal with sustainable fishing under an environmental perspective, but at the same time effective from a qualitative point of view, working with fish operators and fishermen in the implementation of new less impactful fishing systems or, where already in use, improving the efficiency of good practices. It will collaborate in the creation of quality brands and in the promotion, to consumers, of "new" products with greater sustainability value.

PRIZEFISH is coordinated by the Inter-Departmental Research Center in Environmental Sciences (CIRSA) of the Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna, involves 6 Croatian partners (Zadar County, Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries, the Istra and Omega3 fishing cooperatives, the Forestry and agricultural consultancy service for Croatia - CAFAS, the public authority RERA SD for the coordination and development of the county of Split and Dalmatia) and 7 Italian partners (National Research Council - CNR IRBIM, the Services Agency in the agri-food sector of Marche region - ASSAM, the Experimental Center for the protection of habitats - CESTHA, the "Remo Brindisi" Institute of Higher Education - Polo dei Mestieri del Mare, the National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics - OGS, the Organization of Mollusc Producers of the Veneto Sea Soc. Cooperative - OP Bivalvia Veneto and the Emilia - Romagna Region - Directorate General for Agriculture, Hunting and Fishing) and it was financed by the European Commission in the Blue Innovation priority Axis of the 2014-2020 INTERREG CBC Italy-Croatia program.
The “3-step" must of PRIZEFISH is "Fish less! Earn more! Respect the Adriatic Sea!”.


CESTHA, Experimental Center for Habitat Conservation is a non-profit organization, officially recognized by the Ministry of Education, University and Research, as an institution for the development of environmental studies.
It mainly deals with conservation programs for endangered species and the promotion of sustainable management activities, working closely with the CNR, the University of Bologna, the University of Padua, as well as several other public and private research institutes.
Furthermore, CESTHA has moved its operating headquarters in the historical complex of the ancient Fish Market of Marina di Ravenna since 2016, turning it into a marine research pole and environmental documentation center.


    Species from by-catches recovered

    Saved sharks

    Juveniles reproduced

    Sensitized students
    • Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.
    • I think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want to own.
      Andy Warhol
    • There must be a better way to make the things we want, a way that doesn’t spoil the sky, or the rain or the land.
      Paul McCartney


    via Molo Dalmazia 49 - 48122 Marina di Ravenna - Ravenna (RA) Italy
    Tel 328 7403278 - email direzione.cestha@gmail.com

    Additional information

    Codice Fiscale 92081660398
    PEC cestha@pec.it