812377 Fisheries management and conservation

Lecture and seminar
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Unfer, Günther , Pinter, Kurt
Offered in
Sommersemester 2024
Languages of instruction


introduction/definitons; aims of fisheries management in different stream-types, eco- /bioregions, different lake-types; legal basis - international comparison;
Rivers: brown trout, rainbow trout, brook trout, grayling, danube salmon, additional species; fish communities in rivers;
Lakes: char, coregonids, trout, pike, carp and other relevant species, lake communities;
Management tools overview - habitat improvement, stocking, fishing regulations, establishment of communities;
Habitat improvement for fisheries managment purposes - spawning ground restauration; bank- /instream structures; tributaries; migration routes;
Stocking : history - International examples, management without stocking, propagation of hatchery fish - genetic- and aspects of domestication, hatchery types - hatchery environments, conservation hatcheries, brood-stock management, alternative methods overview;
fishing regulations - catch & release, bag limits, gear restrictions, regulation of fishing pressure;
Management plans - catchment-scale, developement/establishment, needed basic data/knowledge, establishment of communities;
Conservation and protection: protected species and habitats (Red List, Fauna-Flora-Habitat Directive), national and international aspects;
Neobiota: history, life-strategies and effects of aquatic Neobiota (fish, macrozoobenthos), consequences for assessment and management.

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

Apply ecological knowledge to enhance fish production and to reduce environmental impacts;
Summarise current topics in fisheries management and conservation of freshwater fish species;
Identify relevant problems related to artificial fish production and stocking;
Assess possibilities and limitations of sustainable, ecological orientated fisheries management;
Evaluate potential sources of conflicts between fisheries and conservation measures;
Present scientific studies on fisheries management and conservation issues.
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