Rules of Conduct
To preserve and protect the natural beauties of the Lastovo Archipelago Nature Park, the following activities are prohibited:
- recreational fishing without an appropriate licence, underwater spear gun fishing at night and spear gun fishing with oxygen tanks
- catching and collecting shellfish and other sea organisms and taking them out of the water
- picking and damaging plants
- damaging and stealing minerals and other cave formations
- camping outside of designated areas
- building open fires
- littering – both in the sea and on land (a plastic bottle takes 450 years to decompose)
- throwing cigarette butts on the ground
- ruining, damaging, picking or stealing any objects on culture monuments and at archaeological sites (in the sea or on land) – remains of various cultures, archaeological and fossil remains
- disturbing animals
- commercial video or photography without a permission from the Institution
- Each visitor must possess a valid entrance ticket
- Nature Park rangers provide immediate protection in the Park and are also authorized to charge on-the-spot fines in case of violations of the provisions of the Internal Order Regulations of the Lastovo Archipelago Nature Park and the Nature Protection Act.
- Independent scuba diving is only permitted in the organization and under leadership of a scuba diving centre, which has obtained a permission from the Institution
DIVE RESPONSIBLY! – If possible, dock your vessel instead of anchoring and do not anchor in the meadows of Neptune Grass (Posidonia oceanica). When diving, watch your moves and equipment and take care that you do not damage and disturb sea organisms. Please go out of the sea only with what you have brought in with you.
RECREATIONAL FISHING - is only permitted with a previously obtained licence issued by the Public Institution. Recreational fishing licence allows the holder to fish using the following fishing gears: “odmet” handline, “kančanica” handline, troll line, handline with a hook crown for cephalopod (squid) fishing and underwater spear gun (underwater spear gun fishing is permitted at 5 designated locations: Mrkjenta Bijela rock, Mrkjenta Crna rock, Kopište, Pod Kopište and Bijelac). The allowed maximum daily catch is 5 kg per licence.
HOW TO ANCHOR SAFELY AND REDUCE THE IMPACTS ON MARINE ENVIRONMENT! (text taken from the Association Sunce's leaflet )
6 steps to a correct anchoring:
- Approach the anchoring place facing the wind and indentify a clear bottom zone (sand bottom). Avoid anchoring in Posidonia meadows.
- Throw the anchor when the boat is stopped. The anchor size has to suit the size of the boat.
- Release the anchor chain (at the length 3 times the water depth) while the boat is slowly going backwards.
- Wait until the bow turns into the direction of the wind and check if the mooring holds.
- Upon leaving, move the boat to the position directly above the anchor and then pull up the anchor.
- If you find fragments of Caulerpa on the chain or anchor dispose it in a trash can. Do not return it to the sea!
- anchoring in sand is safe and it does not damage the bottom
- on rocky bottom there is a higher possibility of the anchor getting stuck
- on rocky and coralligenous bottom, chain and anchor destroy species that live there
- In Posidonia seagrass meadows (dark bottom), anchors do not hold but damage the plants
THE INTERNAL ORDER REGULATIONS OF THE LASTOVO ARCHIPELAGO NATURE PARK were published in the Narodne Novine official gazette No. 154 on 23 December 2009 and they came into effect eight days after they were published.
These Regulations regulate the issues and prescribe measures pertaining to the protection, preservation, enhancement and use of the Lastovo Archipelago Nature Park and other issues related to the internal order in the Nature Park. The Regulations were adopted by the Management Board of the Lastovo Archipelago Nature Park Public Institution with the consent of the Ministry and prior opinion of the central state administration authority in charge of agriculture, forestry and water management. The Ministry supervises the legality of activities and general documents of public institutions managing protected areas.