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Biology and ecology of fish in the Polish coastal zone of the Baltic Sea (1983-)

Data holding centreUniversity of Gdansk, Institute of Oceanography - Hel Marine Station
CountryPoland  Poland
Time period1983 - 1995
Geographical area

Polish coast of the Baltic Sea, Puck Bay


Fish morphology, age and physiology


In the past the Puck Bay was a fishery centre - a place where valuable fish species were caught and supplied to the local market. Now the bay is the synonym for anthropogenic devastation. This phenomenon concerns the fish resources as well. First of all, commercial fish have become extinct. At the same time, other species have adjusted to the conditions and expanded into the relieved ecological niches (both in spatial and quantitative terms). The recently spreading stickleback population has been used as an example to aid hazard assessment for the early stages of different fish species. The efficiency of brown shrimp (Crangon crangon) catches has been estimated. The distribution of ichthyofauna in the 5-20m coastal zone of the Baltic Sea has been determined. The estimation of the by-catch amount with several fish species was made. The impact of the prawn net on the ichthyofauna structure, particularly on schools of young gobies and flat fish, was studied.

OriginatorsUniversity of Gdansk, Institute of Oceanography - Hel Marine Station
OrganisationUniversity of Gdansk, Institute of Oceanography - Hel Marine Station
AvailabilityBy negotiation; moratorium
ContactDr. Krzysztof E. Skora (Head of the Hel Marine Station)

University of Gdansk, Institute of Oceanography - Hel Marine Station
ul. Morska 2

Telephone+48 58 6750836
Facsimile+48 (58) 523-55-27 or +48 (58) 6750420
Collating centreInstitute of Meteorology and Water Management National Research Institute, Maritime Branch in Gdynia (IMWM MB)
Local identifier21004003
Global identifier1633
Last revised2009-01-15