|Hutovo Blato, a habitat to hundreds of plant and animal species, has been well known since the ancient times. Following the World War II, the region was protected, initially as an elite hunting ground and later declared a bird reserve.|
Parts of the park have subsequently been closed for fishing and hunting. In 1971, Hutovo Blato was added to the RAMSAR List of Wetlands of International Importance, and in 1980 it became part of the project to protect Mediterranean wetlands.
Hunting was allowed on the ground of Hutovo Blato until March 30, 1995 when it was declared a national park. In 1998, the International Council for Bird Preservation added Hutovo Blato to the list of bird habitats of international importance. The park is also registered by the UNESCO as a natural heritage site.