Sea quality measuring has been implemented since 1989 with the goal of maintaining a high level of sea quality, protecting the health of swimmers, achieving sustainable beach management and promoting the Adriatic Sea as the destination ideal for swimming.
On the Island of Lošinj, in accordance with the EU Bathing Water Directive, the Teaching Institute of Public Health of the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County performs 10 different sea quality tests during the period between May 15th and September 30th by taking samples at 15-day intervals.
The proof of quality, of a clean and preserved sea along the beaches of Lošinj is the fact that all measuring points have shown “excellent quality” of the sea thereby giving us the rating of a destination that is great for swimming.
The international symbol of a clean sea, White Flag, was awarded to two beaches in the area of the Island of Lošinj – to the first five star hotel that became the holder of such a prestigious international award – the Hotel Bellevue in Mali Lošinj for maintaining the water surfaces in the Bay of Čikat, and to the City of Mali Lošinj for the Bay of Valdarke.
The criteria for awarding a White Flag are strict. They involve implementation of ecological sea clean-ups, proper handling of the collected waste and organization of recycling according to high quality standards. Also, the goal of those who are awarded White Flags is to continue cooperation on the creation of global awareness in terms of sea pollution, education and to make the local residents aware of the need to preserve the sea and the sea bed.