MEET OUR LOCALS - Marjan Žitnik

Updated: Jul 16, 2021

Marjan Žitnik is a true lover of the sea and offers amazing fishing tours but also takes care of our beautiful sea by organizing cleaning actions.

We spoke to him about this amazing project.

Tell us a bit about yourself: where you were born, where do you live, what do you do?

My name is Marjan and I was born and raised in Lapad, Dubrovnik in 1990 - the last generation of tree-house builders and cassette tape pirates. I have lived in Dubrovnik my whole life, where I graduated with a Master of Computer Science.

Why do you choose to stay in Dubrovnik?

After graduating from the University of Dubrovnik, I jumped into various activities like UX/UI design, Product design and management, Frontend development but I just couldn't avoid going back to my boat whenever I had the chance! Ever since I was born, my family has been passionate about the sea and fishing. As I grew up, fishing was a daily activity that followed me. I practice local fishing techniques crafted through the centuries around Dubrovnik, including bottom fishing, trolling, and light jigging. I figured out that the boat is the ideal office and I decided to go for a full-time organization of fishing trips.

During fishing trips with tourists, it happened to us many times to spot plastic floating on the sea and we would stop and pick it up, and it used to happen that we also collected tens of kilograms of floating waste. You can't remain indifferent to something like that and your natural instincts simply tell you that you have to do something. Since I do 3D printing recreationally, and all that plastic at sea is practically a free resource, I came up with the idea for Maritimo Recycling. Plastic from the sea, as harmful as it is to the marine world, can also be a valuable resource and be used for something useful. The circle we want to close is cleaning beaches and the sea, sorting and washing plastics, dehydrating and shredding, melting and modeling, and then making products, such as fishing lures, and using those funds for the next sea cleaning action. Creative way to clean the Adriatic!

What’s your spirit animal?

Cat on synthesizer in space.

Can you recommend to our readers, what is the best “hidden gem” in Dubrovnik?

42°38'48" N 17°57'5" E

And some of the best places to go out in Dubrovnik?

I'm a deep/tech house freak, so any improvised dance floor with overly large speakers

will do.

Where would you recommend chasing the best sunset?

On the boat with a glass of gemišt and chill music in the background.

Do you have a favorite beach?

Porporela - not really a beach in the full sense of the word but definitely a favorite of the locals!

In your opinion, which part of the town/neighborhood in Dubrovnik is worth a visit except the Old Town?

Konavle/Cavtat - it's outside of Dubrovnik and so worth the trip!