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Dobrota b.b.
P.O. Box 69
85330 Kotor  
Tel : + 382 (0)32 334 570
Fax : + 382 (0)32 334 570
Email :
Web Site :
Director : Dr Zoran Kljajić

Type of activities
research only academic, education
policy/planning envir. monitoring

Main sectors of research
pelagic & benthic communities, fisheries biology, aquaculture, environmental protection, sustainable development, neurohistology, neurophysiology, neurochemistry, behavioural studies, extraction and identification of bioactive compounds from marine organisms

Current major projects
* Ecological conditions and biological potential of the waters off Montenegrin coast ;
* Integrative functions of nervous system ;
* Chemical, biochemical and pharmacological research of bioactive metabolites from plant and animal extracts ;
* UN FAO AdriaMed (Scientific Cooperation to Support Responsible Fisheries in the Adriatic Sea ) Italy-Slovenia-Croatia-Montenegro-Albania ;
* IPA Europeaid/128947/C/SER/ME Sustainable Management of Marine Fishery in Montenegro.

Number of local permanent staff
scientists : 20 others : 16

Indoor surface area (m2) available for
research : 750 teaching : 190
others : 1070

Conference room
no yes (number of seats : 80)

Research vessel(s)
less than 12 m in length; number of vessels : 1
more than 12 m in length; number of vessels :
Brief description of vessels and on board scientific equipment :
8 m Loa, 60 kW engin power, capable to operate only in Boka Kotorska Bay; equipment: Multi Lab P4, Nansen Fitoplankton Net – mesh 53µm, Nansen Fitoplankton Closing Net mesh 55µm, Zooplankton Net mesh 120µm Nansen bottles, portable winch, Petite Ponar Grab

Other major research facilities and equipment
microscopes, Leica DMI 4000B, Axio Imager Microscope with camera- Carl Zeiss Microlmaging GmbH , NIKON SMZ 800 Stereomicroscope with MOTIC camera, Perkin – Elmer spectrophotometer, oscilloscopes, amplifiers, preamplifiers, centrifuges, microtomes, analytical balances, aquarium activity monitor, experimental hatchery (250 m2), - CalVet (modified Pairovet) net + fluometer, Automatic high-speed cutting machine for otoliths, Grinding and polishing machine for otoliths, CTD probe (IDRONAUT 3169), Lyofilizator, Digestor, furnace

Ecosystem types available nearby
fjord - shaped Boka Kotorska Bay, continental shelf, South Adriatic continental slope, South Adriatic depression, delta of river Bojana, salt marshes, Ulcinj saltern

Areas of taxonomic expertise
Bacillariophyceae, Dinophyceae, copepods, cephalopods, fishes

Specimen collections
yes no
  Brief description :
    spongia (60 species), bivalvia (123 species), gastropoda (110 species), cephalopoda (17 species), echinodermata (47 species), crustacea (328 species)

Hosting facilities for visiting scientists
yes no

Training courses
yes no

training courses of marine biology mostly for students of Ex Yugoslav Universities, occasional courses and training for foreign students and researchers

Capacity and brief description of library
115 m2, 457 books, 161 series of periodicals

Type of research institution
governmental, national governmental, local
international academic
private other:


CIESM Guide of Marine Research Institutes