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University of Split University Department of Marine Studies

Introduction

Motivation for initiation of studies

Marine fishery is a complex commercial activity. It is not exclusively subject to biota and abiota impacts, but also to different biotechnological, technical, economic, legislative and other factors that have to be taken into consideration regarding sustainable exploit of renewable marine resources. Fishes and other marine organisms, as objects of catch, are the main concern of Marine Fishery. These renewable marine resources could be very soon impoverished and devastated as result of over catch and catch of immature individuals. Fishery development is conditioned by biomass size intended for catch and allowed level of its exploit, while the development of aquaculture is conditioned predominantly by adequacy of area for fish (shell) farming.

Because of all the above stated, for realisation of sustainable exploit and protection of the renewable marine resources through catch activities, farming, preservation, processing and fish (and other sea organisms) market, it is necessary to educate personnel needed for successful performance of marine fishery. The trained personnel should study at University of Split, Graduate Study of Marine Fishery, which is the only graduate study specialized in education of personnel according to maritime orientation of the Republic of Croatia.

A need for such specialised personnel will strongly emerge with organising of Coastal Guards and consequently with joining of Croatia to the European Union. The fact that the studies, which educate specialised personnel in Marine Fishery are rare in the Europe, points out to high purpose-serving of such studies regarding the labour market needs.

Marine Fishery as theoretical and applied science includes recent problems in the field of sea biology, use of fishing gears, sustainable exploit and protection of marine living organisms, fishing vessels, fishing ports, aquaculture, fish processing technology, preservation of sea food products, fish market, maritime- fishery laws, economy and organisation of sea fishery.
Marine Fishery studies include obliged and optional subjects mainly from biotechnology, natural and biomedical sciences.

While preparing the degree programme of Marine Fisheries we have analysed similar studies in the world and compared it to our study programme. Due to fact that there are not many of these university programmes in the whole world, we have analysed the programs that were available to us, such as: two Fishery Studies in Poland, 1) Faculty of Marine Fishery and Food technology of Agricultural Academy in Sczecin, (Wydzial Rybolowstwa Morskiego i Technologii Zywnosci Akademii Rolniczej Sczcecin) and 2) Marine Fishery Faculty, University of “Varmia and Mazuri” in Olsztyn (Wzdyal Rybolowstwa i Ochrony Srodowiska Uniwersytetu Warmia i Mazury, Olsztyn). We have also analysed the following study programs: Department of Fisheries and Marine Biology, University of Bergen, Norway; International Centre for Aquaculture, Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures, Auburn University, Alabama, U.S.A. and School of Ocean Science, University of Bangor, Wales, U.K.

Previous experience in the field

At the University of Split, Department of Marine Studies that were founded in 1989, there are two different four year colleges: Marine Biology and Ecology and Marine Fishery. Department of Marine Studies is active for seven years so far, while Marine Fishery Studies started in 1991 under the name of Marine-fishery technologies at Maritime Faculty where two years of nautical studies were included into studies (Ministry of education and culture; Decision no. 532-02-3/1-91-01 dated 5 June 1991). In 1999 the name was changed into Marine Fishery where the courses were based on Fishery problematics. Department of Marine Studies together with Marine Fishery Studies belongs to scientific area of biotechnical studies, field of agronomy, and are active for fourteen years although formally (legally) Marine Fishery Studies are active seven years. On the basis of the above said, it is evident that there are years-long experiences in equivalent and similar programs as base of graduate studies of Marine Fishery Studies.

Student mobility scheme

Graduate Marine Fishery Studies are open to all studies of biotechnical sciences, field of agronomy, biotechnology and food technology, natural sciences, field of biology and geo sciences, biomedicine and health, field veterinary medicine.

Mobility is be encouraged within the University of Split (elective courses from other Departments and Faculties), between Universities in Croatia, and between University of Split and other Universities in Europe (contacts for cooperation have been established with similar studies at University of Bergen, Norway; Agricultural Academy in Sczecin, Poland; University of Olsztyn, Poland; School of Ocean Science, University of Bangor, U.K.; University of Lund, Sweden).

Student mobility will be enabled using following ways:

  • All courses at graduate level are one term courses
  • Fast passing of exams (year by year study)
  • Appropriate student course load
  • Increased efforts of professors and students in relation to mandatory class attendance and participation, frequent checkups of student knowledge by exams, quizzes and other methods. Student will be encouraged to engage in constant study during the term and will have possibility to pass the exam immediately after they took the course.

Student mobility will be additionally stimulated though wide selection of elective courses (70% of courses are elective).

Motivation for initiation of studies

Marine fishery is a complex commercial activity. It is not exclusively subject to biota and abiota impacts, but also to different biotechnological, technical, economic, legislative and other factors that have to be taken into consideration regarding sustainable exploit of renewable marine resources. Fishes and other marine organisms, as objects of catch, are the main concern of Marine Fishery. These renewable marine resources could be very soon impoverished and devastated as result of over catch and catch of immature individuals. Fishery development is conditioned by biomass size intended for catch and allowed level of its exploit, while the development of aquaculture is conditioned predominantly by adequacy of area for fish (shell) farming.

Because of all the above stated, for realisation of sustainable exploit and protection of the renewable marine resources through catch activities, farming, preservation, processing and fish (and other sea organisms) market, it is necessary to educate personnel needed for successful performance of marine fishery. The trained personnel should study at University of Split, Graduate Study of Marine Fishery, which is the only graduate study specialized in education of personnel according to maritime orientation of the Republic of Croatia.

A need for such specialised personnel will strongly emerge with organising of Coastal Guards and consequently with joining of Croatia to the European Union. The fact that the studies, which educate specialised personnel in Marine Fishery are rare in the Europe, points out to high purpose-serving of such studies regarding the labour market needs.

Marine Fishery as theoretical and applied science includes recent problems in the field of sea biology, use of fishing gears, sustainable exploit and protection of marine living organisms, fishing vessels, fishing ports, aquaculture, fish processing technology, preservation of sea food products, fish market, maritime- fishery laws, economy and organisation of sea fishery.
Marine Fishery studies include obliged and optional subjects mainly from biotechnology, natural and biomedical sciences.

While preparing the degree programme of Marine Fisheries we have analysed similar studies in the world and compared it to our study programme. Due to fact that there are not many of these university programmes in the whole world, we have analysed the programs that were available to us, such as: two Fishery Studies in Poland, 1) Faculty of Marine Fishery and Food technology of Agricultural Academy in Sczecin, (Wydzial Rybolowstwa Morskiego i Technologii Zywnosci Akademii Rolniczej Sczcecin) and 2) Marine Fishery Faculty, University of “Varmia and Mazuri” in Olsztyn (Wzdyal Rybolowstwa i Ochrony Srodowiska Uniwersytetu Warmia i Mazury, Olsztyn). We have also analysed the following study programs: Department of Fisheries and Marine Biology, University of Bergen, Norway; International Centre for Aquaculture, Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures, Auburn University, Alabama, U.S.A. and School of Ocean Science, University of Bangor, Wales, U.K.

Previous experience in the field

At the University of Split, Department of Marine Studies that were founded in 1989, there are two different four year colleges: Marine Biology and Ecology and Marine Fishery. Department of Marine Studies is active for seven years so far, while Marine Fishery Studies started in 1991 under the name of Marine-fishery technologies at Maritime Faculty where two years of nautical studies were included into studies (Ministry of education and culture; Decision no. 532-02-3/1-91-01 dated 5 June 1991). In 1999 the name was changed into Marine Fishery where the courses were based on Fishery problematics. Department of Marine Studies together with Marine Fishery Studies belongs to scientific area of biotechnical studies, field of agronomy, and are active for fourteen years although formally (legally) Marine Fishery Studies are active seven years. On the basis of the above said, it is evident that there are years-long experiences in equivalent and similar programs as base of graduate studies of Marine Fishery Studies.

Student mobility scheme

Graduate Marine Fishery Studies are open to all studies of biotechnical sciences, field of agronomy, biotechnology and food technology, natural sciences, field of biology and geo sciences, biomedicine and health, field veterinary medicine.

Mobility is be encouraged within the University of Split (elective courses from other Departments and Faculties), between Universities in Croatia, and between University of Split and other Universities in Europe (contacts for cooperation have been established with similar studies at University of Bergen, Norway; Agricultural Academy in Sczecin, Poland; University of Olsztyn, Poland; School of Ocean Science, University of Bangor, U.K.; University of Lund, Sweden).

Student mobility will be enabled using following ways:

  • All courses at graduate level are one term courses
  • Fast passing of exams (year by year study)
  • Appropriate student course load
  • Increased efforts of professors and students in relation to mandatory class attendance and participation, frequent checkups of student knowledge by exams, quizzes and other methods. Student will be encouraged to engage in constant study during the term and will have possibility to pass the exam immediately after they took the course.

Student mobility will be additionally stimulated though wide selection of elective courses (70% of courses are elective).

General part

Type of programme:

Undergraduate

Programme title:

Marine Fishery

Institution

Proposed by:

University of Split, Department of Marine Studies

Participating institutions:

University of Split; through its organisational units and Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries

Duration:

3 years

ECTS

180

Admission Requirements:

Right of enrolment have students that have successfully completed four years of high school. Selection of students will be based on grades and achievements in high school as well as on results of entrance exam. Maximum number of students is 20.

Learning outcomes and competences:

Baccalaureus of Marine Fishery is trained for skilled work at Universities and scientific Institutions; to work in specialised fields such as catch, breeding, fish processing and fish market; protection and exploit of sea living resources; projecting and construction of fish gears; work in municipal and county inspection services related to environmental protection, work in the coastguard, for conducting monitoring of the sea in the Institutes of public health and similar institutions, skilled and organizational work in protected areas. Besides that, knowledge that they gain during study can be applied in a variety of different activities such as construction, industry, urbanism, spatial planning and energetic.

Access to further studies:

Knowledge gained during undergraduate study of Marine Fishery gives these students great possibilities for further education, they can without difficulties continue their education on other natural sciences studies such as bio-technical, field of agronomy, biotechnology and food technology, fields of biology and geology, geophysics, branch of oceanology, biomedicine and health, field of veterinary sciences.

Qualification awarded:

After undergraduate study students receive academic title baccalaureus/baccalaurea in Marine Fishery