The main goal of this project is to develop a joint strategy for the protection of whales, dolphins and sea turtles in the Adriatic through regional cooperation (pan-Adriatic cooperation). To achieve a long-term strategy, the NETCET project, coordinated by the City of Venice, brings together 13 partners from five Adriatic countries: Italy, Croatia, Albania, Montenegro and Slovenia. The Association "Marine Education Center Pula" with the State Institute for Nature Protection and the Blue World is one of three partners from Croatia. The project was co-financed by the IPA Adriatic Cross-Border Cooperation Program and lasted from October 2012 to September 2015. The main activity of MOC Pula within the project is the improvement of the Marine turtle rescue center. The renovation of the Centre has been going on for a year. The capacity of the Center was increased from 6 to 9 pools, the way of recovery of sea turtles was improved and better diagnostics was enabled by purchasing analytical instruments for blood analysis. The recovery itself is more successful with the new water filtration and heating system. For the education of the population, a new room of 40m2 was opened, in which an exhibition about sea turtles and their biology, a corner for children and an educational screen were set up. The funds spent for the activity of renovation of the Center and additional content amount to € 70,000.00.
In addition to the renovation of the Center, MOC Pula during 3 years of project implementation is responsible for raising the awareness of boat leaders, production and distribution of posters for the same in seaports throughout Croatia, children and interested citizens by organizing turtle release events, but also informing visitors at the Center. One of the main goals of the project is to establish a network of "friends" of sea turtles, and the City of Pula, in cooperation with the MOC Pula and the project holder, the City of Venice, became a member of the network.