The waters around the island of Zirje and Kornati archipelago offer some
of the richest fishing grounds in the Croatia with an abundance of big
game fish. This fisherman's paradise provide a diversity of fish species
for year round sport fishing, such as bluefin tuna, albacore tuna,
swordfish, tresher shark, blue shark, amberjacks, etc.. This is not only
the richest area for big game fishing in the Adriatic, but also the one
closest to the shore.
The Kornati archipelago
Kornati archipelago with surrounding islands (Zirje, Blitvenica)
- one of the richest fishing grounds in the Adriatic sea
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an isolated island group situated in the central region of the Croatian
part of the Adriatic sea, just across the cities of Zadar and Sibenik.
With 150 islands, islets and rocks, in a sea area of about 320 kmē
(total length of the area is only 19 nm, with maximum width of 7
nautical miles), Kornati islands are the densest and the most indented
archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea.
Located between island of Dugi Otok and island of Zirje, Kornati
archipelago occupies only 1% of the total Croatian sea surface, but
includes as many as 12% of all Croatian islands (Croatia has 1264
islands, of which 67 are populated). Because of its exceptional
landscape beauty, interesting geomorphology, diversity of the coastline
and especially because of the rich biocoenoses of the marine ecosystem,
the southern part of the archipelago has been declared a national park
in 1980. It is estimated that in the area of the Kornati islands there
are around 700 to 800 plant species and the biocoenosis of the sea
bottom has 352 families of diferent algae. The real assumption is that
at least 2500 to 3000 families of benthic and pelagic fauna lives in the
To illustrate diversity of marine life around Kornati islands we will
mention here just few examples.
The waters around the Kornati islands are home to:
160 species of fish (bluefin tuna, albacore tuna, swordfish,
22 species of corals
177 species of mollusk (such as squid, cuttlefish, octopus...)
55 species of Crustacean Decapoda (crabs, lobsters, shrimp...), etc...
This diversity of flora and fauna, intact nature and magnificients
landscape attract not only excursionists and visitors but also many
boaters, divers, hikers, sport fishermen and other people who love
nature, from all over the world.