Marine fishing is a complex economic activity, which is subject to the influence of various biotic and abiotic factors determining its course and directing its development, and for proper management and protection of renewable marine resources it is necessary to take account of them. Fish and other marine organisms, as objects of fishing, are a subject of interest of fisheries. These are renewable resources of the sea, which by unreasonable and irresponsible exploitation, especially excessive immature specimens catch can quickly become scarce and devastated. As the development of fishing is determined by the size of the biomass intended for fishing and the permitted levels of its exploitation, so the development of aquaculture is determined primarily by suitability of areas for production of fish and other marine organisms. Therefore, for the proper and responsible management and protection of renewable marine resources, development and performance of activities of fishing, breeding, preservation, processing and trade of fish and other marine organisms, it is necessary to educate staff that is necessary for successful implementation of activities of sea fisheries. This staff is educated in program of Marine Fisheries, which is the only programs in which we educate high-level personnel working in the field of fisheries.
Because sea fishing, as a theoretical and an applied scientific discipline, includes methods and activities of fishing, farming, processing and trade of fish and other marine organisms, and methods and activities of management, protection and exploitation of living marine resources, the undergraduate study of Marine Fisheries, which forms a high-educated personnel working in the area, includes issues of Marine Biology and Fishery Biology, exploitation, management and protection of renewable marine resources, use of fishing tools, fishing boats and fishing ports, fish farming and other marine organisms, technology, processing and management of deterioration of products of the sea, transport of fish and other marine organisms and the economics and organization of fisheries. Because the people who study at this university study are rare not only in Croatia but also in European terms, they surely will have an important role in administrative bodies dealing with the problems of fisheries in the economic chamber, in Departments for inspection of fishing activities, and in companies engaged in fishing, farming, processing and trade of fish and other marine organisms, their conservation and management of deterioration and protection of living marine resources. A qualified staff will become more important by organizing the Coast Guard, but also by our country’s accession to the European Union, because the studies that form the staff educated in the needs of fisheries are rare.
Study of Marine Fisheries, which is organized at the Department for Marine Studies of the University of Split, is performed as undergraduate and graduate studies.