The Laboratory of Ichthyology and Coastal Fisheries conducts basic and applied research in ichthyology and fisheries biology with an emphasis on studying the biology and ecology of economically important fish species, especially in the context of the coastal fishery, and conducting applied research with the goal of making recommendations to improve fisheries resource management and conservation. The laboratory also focuses on studying the composition of fish communities in coastal areas and their geographic distribution, ecology, and distribution of early developmental stages of fishes including ichthyoplankton, monitoring changes in fish communities due to climate change, and studying the occurrence and impact of alien and invasive fish species.
The activities of this laboratory also include a whole range of fisheries research topics, such as assessing the status and determining the demographic structure of populations of economically important coastal fish species and determining the degree of their exploitation, determining the qualitative and quantitative composition of catches in small-scale fisheries, determining the composition of bycatch in various fishing gears, monitoring incidentally caught vulnerable species, determining the selectivity and harmfulness of certain fishing gears, etc. The results of the above activities form the basis for recommendations on sustainable management of fisheries resources in our coastal regions.
In addition to numerous scientific projects, within the framework of which the above-mentioned activities are carried out, the laboratory also carries out monitoring programs of a fishery and biological-ecological nature and actively participates in numerous educational activities. Within the framework of the laboratory, the ichthyological collection of the IOR is curated (currently on loan to the Museum of Natural History in Split).