MSJA is working towards a protection of Ulcinj Salina as a Nature Park and is raising awareness among locals, regionals & tourists for its importance for biodiversity & the magnificent landscape. Find below background information on the saltworks, the link to #SaveSalina petition, the various activities and the directions. We highly recommend a visit to Ulcinj Salina!
Ulcinj Salina is a precious 15 km2 large wetland located in Ulcinj. Over 80 years salt was produced from the sea water which was pumped in from the Adriatic Sea. It was not only a great employer for about 400 workers, but it is also a habitat for hundreds of thousands over the year. Salina is important for over 250 different bird species.
The procedure of winning sea salt in the Salina is in harmony with nature and people: The sea water was pumped into the vast salt pans. The water evaporated due to sun and wind, the salt remained and was harvested by hand. This was not only good for people: With the sea water being pumped-in also fish and other little animals entered the Salina – a rich food source for birds and the basis for a flourishing biodiversity.
Ulcinj Salina was established on the area of a natural lagoon in the Ada-Bojana-Delta. Between 1935 and 2013 salt was harvested here. In the year of 2013 the operation of the Salina stopped due to bankruptcy. Since then no salt is harvested anymore and all the workers lost their jobs. The dikes and machinery are weathering and the degradation is visible all around.
MSJA is part of the #SaveSalina Campaign and is active as local partner. The campaign aims i.a. at the legal protection of Ulcinj Salina. At the moment an international petition is set up to push the Montengrin government to finally act.
MSJA already organized various activities in and about Ulcinj Salina. Find out more here.
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