The “Gesellschaft zur Rettung der Delphine e.V. (GRD)”, that was founded in 1991, stands up for the salvation of the last 200 Adria-dolphins. Their population has been reduced by more than 50 percent in the last 35 years, because of the destruction of their ecological system.
In addition to setting up protected areas and the rescue of hurt or stranded dolphins, the construction of a dolphin-protection-centre in Croatia is planned. This project was started in 1999 by the GRD in common with veterinarians from the university of Zagreb under the management of Prof. Dr. Hrvoje Gomercic.
Already in the 1980s, the Croatian scientists specialized in the sea-mammals and have contributed effectively to the since 1995 existing law for the protection of dolphins. But because of the lack of money, they were limited on the analysis of dead dolphins.
With the delivery of the first GRD-patrol-boat and further equipment in june 2000, the Croatian animal welfarists were able to start their important practical work and can now save dolphins and whales that are stranded or lost in the numerous bays of the Croatian Adria or estuarys.