72853 - Biology of Fishery Resources

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.


Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

The MSc student will acquire basic knowledge on zoology and biology of marine organisms and advanced knowledge and skills on the life history traits, life and reproductive cycle of marine biological resources that are of priority for fishery and acquaculture. At the end of the course, the MSc student will be able to: - describe and integrate biological data on marine animals in the framework of ecosystem sciences; - use basic and advanced knowledge for conserving and managing marine ecosystems; - use advanced knowledge and skills in applied fishery science for the monitoring and environmental-friendly management of fishery resources

Course contents

Module: Biology of fishery resources (3 CFU)

General introduction to the environmental-friendly management of fishery resources, with special focus on those of the European and Adriatic Sea.

Experimental and iconic case studies to know and to address fishery and fishery technologies to implement eco-friendly appliances and processes in fishery and to reach environmental sustainability.

Case studies

1. What makes up the fishery assemblages. The Adriatic Sea

2.0 Fish is not a fish! Species diversity and vulnerability of skates

2.1 Fish is not a fish! Long-term change in a meso-predator community in response to prolonged and heterogeneous human impact

3.0 Towards a science-based, sustainable fishery. The case of Nassarius mutabilis

3.1 Towards a science-based, sustainable fishery. Experimenting new added-value fisheries.

4.0 To fish responsibly on shared fish resources. The FAO regional program AdriaMed.

4.1 To fish responsibly on shared fish resources. The Interreg ITALY-CROATIA 2019-2021 PrizeFish: Piloting of eco-innovative fishery supply-chains to marked added-value Adtiatic fish products.

Module: Fishery Technologies (1 CFU)

Fishery technologies, fishery gears, concepts of catchability, vulnerability and seasonality of fishery resources.

Module: Laboratory of Biology of Fishery Resources (2 CFU)

Laboratory of taxonomic identification of commercial species

Laboratory of filed sampling (at sea) and mapping

Laboratory of life-history traits assessment

Laboratory of tissue sampling for multidisciplinary analysis (otoliths, fin rays and spines, soft tissues)

Laboratory of ageing of individuals by analysis of year increments in otoliths and fin rays/spines

Laboratory of DNA barcoding for the molecular identification of species and seafood products


Elementi di biologia della pesca 1/Ed.
Autore: Lucchetti Alessandro; Bombace giovanni
Editore: Edagricole / Il sole 24 Ore
ISBN/EAN: 9788850653706
Anno: 2011


Autori: Corrado Piccinetti, Nedo Vrgoc, Bojan Marçeta, Chiara Manfredi
ACTA ADRIATICA, Monograph Series n. 5 Pagg.220
ISBN: 9789539639790
Anno: 2012

Fish identification tools for biodiversity and fisheries assessments - Review and guidance for decision-makers

Editor Johanne Fischer, Senior Fishery Resources Officer Marine and Inland Fishery Resources Branch FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, Rome, Italy FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS, Rome, 2013


ISBN 978-92-5-107771-9 (print)

E-ISBN 978-92-5-107772-6 (PDF)

© FAO 2013

Link: http://www.fao.org/docrep/019/i3354e/i3354e.pdf

Scientific papers and reviews related the lecture's content

Teaching methods


Practicals on-board

Practicals in the labs

Assessment methods

Written test with open answers

Teaching tools

Research and review papers illustrating scientific advances and case studies in the filed of biology of fishery resources; slides.

Tutorials for practicals

Tutorials and software for data analysis

Office hours

See the website of Fausto Tinti

See the website of Marco Stagioni