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Freshwater Ichthyology and Fisheries

Code: 60228
ECTS: 6.0
Lecturers in charge: doc. dr. sc. Zoran Marčić
Lecturers: doc. dr. sc. Zoran Marčić - Seminar

dr. sc. Sven Horvatić - Practicum
Take exam: Studomat
English level:


All teaching activities will be held in Croatian. However, foreign students in mixed groups will have the opportunity to attend additional office hours with the lecturer and teaching assistants in English to help master the course materials. Additionally, the lecturer will refer foreign students to the corresponding literature in English, as well as give them the possibility of taking the associated exams in English.

1. komponenta

Lecture typeTotal
Lectures 30
Practicum 15
Seminar 15
* Load is given in academic hour (1 academic hour = 45 minutes)

1. Identify freshwater fish species using determination keys and other relevant literature
2. Set up and implement field and laboratory research, with statistical processing
3. Calculate fish growth parameters, to determine optimal management in open freshwaters
4. Understand freshwater commercial and recreational fishing
5. Calculate biological quality of water using the Index of biotic integrity of fish communities (EU Water Framework Directive)
6. Draft the ichthyological part of fishing management plans and present the results of ichthyological research, and propose the optimal management of fisheries resources
7. Manage tasks relating to the ichthyology of freshwaters in public institute using computer programs


1. What is ichthyology? History of ichthyology. Significant ichthyologists. Abundance, classification and systematics of fish. Evolution of fish.
2. Adaptation of fish to a range of habitats. Distribution of freshwater species.
3. Basic morphology and anatomy of fish. Movement and swimming methods. Swim bladder and buoyancy. Gas exchange and breathing.
4. Osmoregulation and balance in fish.
5. Reproduction and care for young. Age and growth of fish. Fish habitats, holobiontic, anadromic and catadromic migrants.
6. Fish population sampling methods.
7. Fish population dynamics. Basics of managing fish populations.
8. Freshwater fish fauna of Croatia.
9. Principles of rational exploitation of ichthyological resources.
10. Characteristics and management of salmonid zone waters.
11. Characteristics and management of carp zone waters.
12. Ichthyological characteristics of individual watercourses in Croatia.
13. Determining the biological quality of water using the Index of Biotic Integrity of fish communities (EU Water Frameworks Directive)
14. Fisheries management plans and legal aspects of fisheries.
15. Anthropogenic influences. Regulation and deregulation of rivers. Fish trails: principles and development.


1. Basic morphological and meristic traits of fish
2. Morphometrics: traditional vs. landmark geometric methods
3. Growth and determination of age in fish from scales and otoliths
4. Fish reproduction, fecundity and condition parameters
5. Researching fish diet
6. Basic statistical processing of information
7. Determination of individual fish families
8. Properties of the family Cyprinidae in Croatia's ichthyofauna
9. Percidae, Salmonidae and other families in Croatia's ichthyofauna
10. Analysis of fish communities by ecological groups (types of diet, types of reproduction, types of habitat).
11. Ecology and biology of economically significant fish species.
12. Model organisms in ichthyology (Danio rerio)
13. Field sampling of fish
14. Aquariums, laboratory techniques
15. Fish base: familiarisation with the database
  1. Bone, Q. and Moore, R. (2008): Biology of fishes. Taylor & Francis. 3rd edition, 450 pp
  2. Helfman, G., Collete, BB., Facey, D. and Bowen, BW. (2009): The Diversity of Fishes : Biology, Evolution, and Ecology. Wiley-Blackwell. 2nd edition, 736 pp
  3. Kottelat, M., Freyhof, J. (2007): Handbook of European Freshwater Fishes. Cornol: Kottelat, Berlin: Freyhof, 646 pp
  4. Moyle, PB. and Cech, JJ. (2003): Fishes: an introduction to ichthyology. Benjamin Cummings. 5th edition, 744 pp
  5. Mrakovčić, M., Brigić, A., Buj, I., Ćaleta, M., Mustafić, P., Zanella, D. (2006): Crvena knjiga slatkovodnih riba Hrvatske. Zagreb: Ministarstvo kulture, Državni zavod za zaštitu prirode, 253 pp
  6. Nelson J. (2006): Fishes of the World. John Wiley & Sons. 4th edition, 624 pp
  7. Ricker, W E. ed. (1971): Methods for Assessment of Fish Production in Fresh Waters. Blackwell Science, 2nd edition, 326 pp
3. semester
Izborni predmeti - Regular study - Ecology and Nature Preservation
Izborni predmeti - Regular module - Zoology
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