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A long-standing tradition
The first mentions of fishing in these areas date back to the period of Illyrian and Roman rule.
In more recent times, fishing was first mentioned in 995 in a donation document with which the Zadar
nobility donated fishing posts near the island of Molat and in the bay of Telašćica on Dugi otok to the Benedictine monastery of St. Krševan in Zadar.
Fish and shellfish catching and farming also made the Republic of Dubrovnik famous and, as early as 1434, it passed regulations on the method of fishing, production, and trade in salted fish and shellfish.
Both the use of light in small pelagic species fishing and the use of trawl nets in the Adriatic are mentioned in the Dubrovnik statute from 1272.Furthermore, the oldest records (1331) about Adriatic tuna fishing come from Pula.
Oysters from Mali Ston were part of the menu of European royal courts. Carp and trout farming appeared more than 120 years ago.
Croatian producers and fishermen made a significant contribution to the development of both fishing and farming techniques and technologies. The catch of pelagic fish in the oceans flourished thanks to an invention that still bears the name of its constructor - the Puretic power block.
At the end of the 1970s, Croatia was one of the pioneers in the development of sea bass and sea bream farming, and in 1996, Croatian producers made another big step forward - they were the first in the Mediterranean to start farming Atlantic bluefin tuna in Kali on the island of Ugljan (near Zadar).