University of Belgrade

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Population research of alien, invasive fish species in Sava Lake

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Project ID Sava Lake
Project Title Population research of alien, invasive fish species in Sava Lake

Project Leader
IMSI Status Manages the project

Financial Source Public Enterprise \"Ada Ciganlija\"


Category of Project Bilateral cooperation

 

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

According to IUCN the impacts of non-indigenous invasive species are immense, insidious, and usually irreversible and can be compared to the loss and degradation of habitats on the global scale. Freshwater ecosystems have received many non-indigenous fish on the global scale and almost all major European river basins already embraced 134 alien freshwater fish species . Although considered as one of the major environmental problems, the effect of most fish introductions on the native European fish fauna is still unknown. Black bullhead (Ameiurus melas, Rafinesque) native to North America, is one of the most abundant and successful non-native fish species in European freshwater ecosystems. It poses a major problem for fishery management throughout Europe, which has led to many attempts by fishery managers to perform selective fishing of this species. The first record of the black bullhead in Serbian waters was in 2005 and according to the latest research this species revealed the dominant presence in Serbian waters. Lakes in Serbia have the same environmental problem, including Sava Lake, where the research was conducted. The aim of the research was to determine, throughout different population characteristics, invasive potential and ecological flexibility of the black bullhead and to investigate the usefulness of fyke nets as a sampling technique for the population assessment and as a tool for the control of density and mass removal of this species.


PROJECT DURATION

 

From: 01.01.2009.   To: 31.12.2012.

 

PARTNERS

 

►IMSI, University of Belgrade

►Public Enterprise “Ada Ciganlija“

 

PARTICIPANTS


No. Participant Institution
1.
Dr Aleksandar Hegediš, research professorIMSI, University of Belgrade
2.
Dr Milica Jaćimović, research fellow IMSI, University of Belgrade
3.
Dr. Mirjana LenhardtInstitute for Biological Research "Siniša Stanković", University of Belgrade
4.
Dr Željka Višnjić-Jeftić, senior research fellow IMSI, University of Belgrade
5.
Dr Zoran Gačić, research professorIMSI, University of Belgrade
6.
Dr Marija Smederevac-Lalić, research fellow IMSI, University of Belgrade
7.
Dr Gorčin Cvijanović, research fellow IMSI, University of Belgrade
8.
Dr Stefan Skorić, research fellow IMSI, University of Belgrade