The "Mardešić" factory was founded in 1905, and fish production began in 1907. Considering that the factory is located in Sali on Dugi otok for more than 100 years represents the main source of income for the local people and those of surrounding islands. Nowadays the factory produces canned fish, mostly sardines, anchovies, tunas and mackerels.
Food and Agriculture Organization
Pelagic fish is the most widespread fish in the Adriatic Sea. According to statistics, the annual catch of pelagic fish in the Croatian part of the Adriatic sea is between 5-8%, compared to available biomass. The fishing fleet for catching pelagic fish is very significant, and the state invests a lot in it. Thanks to application of science, engineering and technology, using marine organisms for feeding people it's not limited anymore by time or space, what gives a lot of possibilities in exploiting these resources.
Changing the way of life, people change the way of feeding. The need for energy sources with lots of fat and carbohydrates deminishes. Food with high proteins takes the first place in human feeding. One of those kinds of food is pelagic fish. The highest value of fish is in its structure of proteins, fatty acids (omega-3 fatty acids in sardine), vitamins, minerals and microelements. The high degree of purity of the Adriatic sea gives the fish that inhabit this environment absolute characteristics of ecologically valuable food.
Every day the fish is accurately selected and carefully controlled, from fishing procedures to the storage. The production organizers control strictly the food-processing during all its phases, from the choice and the acceptance to the packing. Everything is accurately monitored and undergoes to HACCP control to guarantee only high-quality products.