||The Adriatic Sea has a central and defining presence within Croatian and regional culture, society, and economy in the past, present, and future;
||Maintaining the health and functioning of the Sea requires an active program of scientific research, using modern scientific tools, knowledge, and infrastructure;
||The Adriatic Sea provides ecosystem services that have incalculable value to and continuous presence within Croatian and regional culture, society, and economy;
||The requisite research must be interdisciplinary, and involve a synergistic interaction among all natural sciences, social sciences, humanistic sciences;
In order to carry out these six principles, CIMMAR's long-term strategy is to serve the following four functions:
Research. CIMMAR will be the major equipped instrument within the University of Zadar for conducting all field research related to Croatia's coastline and sea: its geology, geography, archaeology, history, sociology, aquaculture, biology.
Advisory. CIMMAR will serve in an advisory capacity for agencies authorized for environmental protection of the sea and marine and maritime resources, for the establishment of marine and maritime Natura2000 sites and other marine protected areas, and for integrated coastal zone management (ICZM) within Croatia. Members of CIMMAR will be authorized for performing environmental impact assessments in support of Croatia's ICZM laws.
Support. CIMMAR will support local businesses in developing tools and knowledge that improve the long-term sustainability of their operations within the marine and maritime environment.
Publicity. Scientific results will be published in peer-reviewed academic journals, acknowledging CIMMAR, the University of Zadar and its dedication to the support of vigorous scientific research, so that the positive work and philosophy of the University of Zadar and of CIMMAR will be known to scientists, stakeholders, and planners locally and worldwide.
It is the intent of the University of Zadar that, through these principles and functions, CIMMAR will be an important source of value creation, and that these capabilities will be vigorously and continuously le¬ve¬ra¬ged to the benefit of the University, of the county, of Croatia, and of the Mediterranean.
The core founding assumption of CIMMAR is that protection of marine resources of all kinds in the Mediterranean Sea requires an interdisciplinary research strategy that combines methods, expertise, and epistemological collaboration, synergism, and synthesis from many academic fields of research (Bjurstrom & Polk 2011; Burch 2011; Carlin 2011; Carroll, Kinnison & Bernatchez 2011; Collins et al. 2011) . Interdisciplinary collaboration is required for three basic reasons. These are: