On the coast you wont find too many rows of dust bins. Your morning jog wont be swinging amongst cleaners neither. But, there is a price to that. You have to take up responsibility! 
TIP: One means of paying attention is to use returnable glass soft drink bottles instead of plastic ones. Plastic ones are marked recyclable but there is too little practice of recycling plastic. You'll find soft drinks in glass bottles at very affordable price at winery "Zmulj" (Zvonimirova 12 - antonio@mesopust.com). They'll also take your plastic bottles, or fill them up with fine wine at affordable price. Cheers! 

Zare - ecologically minded diver residing in Povile 
Zare lives and dives around here for 'more than 30 years now' and keeps a careful watch on underwater environment. His specialty are octopus (mrkach is croatian for octopus), as he finds and catches them regularly but responsibly. This way he got to spend 'more than 200 hours in sea annually'. 
Environmental observations he's making are in the coastal area to the depth of approx. 5 meters, due to the fact that he is breath diver. 
'Our coast is very clean' he claims, but it is more due to the luck, than to our awareness. Namely, clean water comes from Mediterranean Sea, as well as from local underwater freshwater springs. 
Most organic pollution serves as food for fish and animals instantly. 
There are few categories of noticeable non-organic pollutants
Tourists themselves should always take care they don't leave plastic bottles and packages behind themselves, as most of it finds its way to water. 

Common findings originated by tourists include packaging of milk, cigarettes, juices, soft drinks, ice cream, sun protection milk, fish bait; Other common findings, originating from tourists include broken cheap flippers (get good ones), air floatation devices, pieces of clothing, towels, lighters.
Coastal fishermen leave a lot of hooks and lead when fishing 'at the bottom'. You shall not drag your hooks, they should be a little afloat. 
Boat fishermen tend to leave unwanted equipment in the sea. There are broken boat shells, nets, parts of boats, bait packaging, life saving devices, propelling engines.. 
Marine pollutants include old chains, anchors, parts, tools,... You shall not throw rocks in the shallow marines neither. 
Even rubbish deposited further away from the coast may find its way to the sea in winter months with more rain and wind. 

As for future pollution, Zare warns against irresponsible coastal building and naval architecture. Other danger is that potential new tourist accommodation developments try to save on discharge system, ending discharge pipes in shallow water. 

Zare carried out few ecological happenings with his friends from local youth sport clubs. 'Those with sight would see, it is not my ambition to enlighten everybody'. As 'ecological consciousness around here is an field unworked on', Zare is more than willing to help it. If you have ideas, please contact us. (novi@mesopust.com) Forthcoming happenings would be promoted here or on mrkach eco site
The season summer 1998 Zare is to attend Povile marine, so you may meet him there. 

If you think you have some related printed material spare, please send us some to Zare's address bellow. Thank you.
Zarko Butkovich 
Povile Village 24a 
Mrkach Trade Ltd Co (fictious) 
Europe - Croatia 
phone: +385(0)51 245 082