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Laboratory of Fisheries Science and Management of Pelagic and Demersal Resources
Research that is carried out at the Laboratory of Fisheries Science and Management of Pelagic and Demersal Resources is both basic and applicational. It encompasses research of sea (pelagic) and demersal fish, crustacean, cephalopods and shellfish settlements. It mainly refers to the economical important species in the Adriatic: tuna, sardines, anchovies, mackerel, hake, common pandora, john dory, monkfish, barbel, squid, shrimp, and other types. The Laboratory is systematically monitoring their status based on composition, structure and their distribution, studying the biology, ecology and population dynamics, and estimating abundance. The possibility of application of marking for registering trends of marine organisms and their biological-ecological characteristics is also being researched, as estimating the level of sustainable exploitation, and proposing effective measures for protection and preservation.
Furthermore, research is carried out in populations of critical habitats (nursery and spawning grounds) of economically important species, their identification and sites, analyzing bycatch (a direct indicator of the degree of endangerment of habitats), monitoring possible changes in biodiversity, analyzing the impact of fishing on biodiversity and proposing the measures for protection. Research of pelagic fish due to their use in aquaculture is also being performed.
In addition to contributions to general knowledge about the biology, ecology and population dynamics of species studied, the fundamental aim of the research that is carried out in the Laboratory, is to find and recommend ways to implement the sustainable exploitation of marine organisms for the purpose of their preservation and protection.