of Fisheries, Apiculture, Wildlife management and special Zoology
University of Zagreb, Faculty of Agriculture
Svetošimunska cesta 25, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
Undergraduate classes in zoology, fisheries, apiculture and wildlife management have been lectured since 1977, as well as postgraduate classes in fisheries and apiculture. In 1997, within the Livestock course, Fisheries orientation for students was established. In 2005, the graduate study of Fisheries and Wildlife Management was established while in 2006/2007 the postgraduate specialist study of Fisheries was founded. Today, apiculture is taught through several modules in undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate studies.
A wide variety of disciplines are lectured within the field of fisheries. Starting with the basics, such as the role of the aquatic ecosystem and diversity (terrestrial and marine ecology, ecology and biology of fish and other organisms), the use of fishery products, fish in aquaculture, commercial and sport fishing, quality of fish meat, energy production from aquaculture and fisheries waste) all the way to fisheries economics. Apiculture modules cover all the basic aspects of beekeeping/apiculture: bee biology, beekeeping technology and analysis of bee products using sophisticated analytical methods, with emphasis on classical and modern (spectroscopic) analytical methods which, in addition to basic modules, are the key to acquiring knowledge about bee products and modern beekeeping production. Wildlife management is closely related to a good knowledge of natural wild animals, and especially hunting game. It includes the management of hunting areas and hunting technology. Through zoological modules, animals are studied in all their aspects.
Scientific and research activities
Employees of the Department, who are engaged in scientific research and teaching in the field of fisheries, are dedicated to the research of aquaculture technology, fish genetics and nutrition, ichthyology and hydro ecology of open waters as well as many other aspects of fisheries. The Department was the first in Croatia started with molecular genetic research on fish, both endemic soft-tailed trout from open waters and farmed carp. In recent years, research has expanded to the sociological aspects of fisheries and the development of new technologies in aquaculture.
Scientific and professional activity within the Department is also developed in the field of apiculture through the improvement of beekeeping technology on family farms, education of beekeepers and conducting sensory evaluation of honey at the county and national level in the purpose of the promotion honey and other bee products. Also, the Department has developed an analytical procedure for qualitative and quantitative determination of beeswax counterfeiting using infrared (FTIR-ATR) spectroscopy, based on which since 2014 the quality of beeswax on the Croatian and EU markets has been systematically monitored.
Scientific research in the field of wildlife management are focused on the proper management and conservation of wildlife through the application of molecular markers and telemetry as new methods for better study of biology and ecology of wildlife.
The Department has a highly developed international scientific cooperation, with the management of scientific projects and the publication of papers together with foreign scientists in highly ranked international scientific journals. The Department is actively engaged in providing services in fisheries, apiculture and wildlife management through consulting and education, development and implementation of wildlife management and fishing economic bases, as well as laboratory testing of bee products and the preparation of professional studies.
Within the professional and scientific activities of the Department, there are two laboratories: the Fisheries Laboratory and the Laboratory for the analysis of bee products and bee biology. The Apiary is a protected cultural property entered in the Register of Immovable Cultural Monuments of the Republic of Croatia, and the facility was revitalized in 2015 after extensive conservation and restoration research and design. Experimental bee colonies are also located at the Apiary, which are used for teaching and scientific research purposes. Institutional activities are also related to the modern experimental station "Ban Josip Jelačić" in the area of the state open hunting ground number: III / 29 - "PROLOM", which is primarily intended for teaching and research work in the field of wildlife management, but also from other areas.
Department of Fisheries, Beekeeping, Game Management and Special Zoology is a successor of Zoological cabinet, an integral part of the Royal Academy of Forestry founded in 1898. Since 1919, the Department was part of the founded Faculty of Economics and Forestry. In the first period its most prominent employees were Antun Korlević and Ervin Rössler. He was the founder of the first scientific institution in fisheries since 1909 - Ichthyological Section (Fisheries Research Institute and Fishery Opportunities). In 1932 the Department unites with the Entomological Cabinet, and entomology prevailed as an area of research, and the most famous scientist was Željko Kovačević. In 1960 Lea Schmidt inherits Zoology from Žaljko Kovačević, and she teaches Beekeeping. In 1935 the Department of Fisheries was taken over by Josip Plancic. Current Department's name dates back in 1977 when separation and independent development of the Department took place.
The main activities of the Department are devoted to education, research work, development of new technologies, as well as the extension and improvement in all of the four fields. The Department employees carry out 9 modules at undergraduate level (1 in english as well), 12 at graduate level (2 in english as well, 1 only in english) and 9 at postgraduate level. At the moment, there are four national and two international scientific projects in fisheries, apiculture and game management led by the scientists from the Department as principal investigators. Furthermore, several technical projects in fisheries, beekeeping as well as in game management are also being led by the Department.