Afterward the successful completion of the course, the students:
(a) have acquired basic knowledge of Ichthyology and the practices applicable to rational fisheries management in inland waters.
(b) have embedded methods of studying the ‘fishery biology’ of fish species and their populations.
(c) have understood the modern methods aimed to the sustainable fishery management in inland waters in combination with the existing legislation.
Course Content (Syllabus)
Physico-chemical characteristics of inland waters.
In general about the fish. External morphology, anatomy and physiology of fish. Description of biological systems (respiratory, circulatory, endocrine, digestive, reproductive). Geographical distribution and migrations of fish. Ichthyological zones of running waters.
Types of fish spawning. Gonad maturation, spawning, sex differentiation. Incubation and embryonic development.
Age and growth of fish. Age determination from scales, otoliths etc., control precision of age calculating. Growth, length - weight relationships, condition factor, specific growth index.
Fecundity and egg size of fish, changes with age and size.
Diet and feeding habits of fish, methods of stomach contents analysis.
Methods for estimating fish populations. Mortality and survival of fish.
Inland fisheries management. Characteristics of fish habitats, differences between running and stagnant inland waters. Classification and morphology of rivers and lakes. Fishery improvement operations, improvement the living conditions of fish and the spawning places. Inland fisheries legislation.