Department for Aquaculture
University of Dubrovnik, Croatia

Prof. Branko Glamuzina and Dr. Vlasta Bartulović, advisor
Phone: +385 98 393775; + 385 20 445 744

Department for Aquaculture, University of Dubrovnik
Ćira Carića 4, 20000 Dubrovnik, Croatia

The Department for Aquaculture of University of Dubrovnik is institution for higher and professional education and research in aquaculture and coastal fishery. The team of department consists of: 1 professor emeritus, one full professor, one associate professor and 7 assistant professors, plus 7 scientific assistants and novices. The department is closely related with MARIBIC- University Company for business and innovation in mariculture, and Institute for Sea and Coast also part of university, with 20 researchers involved in teaching and mutual research. The department was formed in 2002.
The mission of the department is providing of higher education in aquaculture with professional oriented bachelor and more research oriented master study. Top level is Joint doctoral study with University of Split and Institute of oceanography and fisheries. Lectures and practice is executed in the newly university facilities operated by MARIBIC.
Main lines of research in department
Research of the department is fundamental and applied oriented towards technological development and application for development of hatchery production of several marine fish, shellfish and other marine invertebrates and endemic freshwater trout.
The specific on-going research includes:
• Reproduction of marine and freshwater organisms from natural waters. The spectrum includes:
– Deep-water fish
– Coastal fish with emphasis on Mugillidae and Sparidae
– Shellfish: clams, oysters and other
– Marine invertebrates: limpets, sea urchins, sea cucumbers
– Freshwater endemic trout: Salmo marmoratus, Salmo obtusirostris and Salmo dentex
– Other freshwater endemic species: i.e. Rutilus basak, Chondrostoma knerii, Phoxinellus pseudalepidotus

• Induced spawning of various fish and marine invertebrates species (shellfish, sea urchins, limpets)
• Conservation of aquatic genetic resources with a focus on endemic fish of Adriatic watershed
• Fish and shellfish mariculture
• Genetics of fish and shellfish: karyology and phylogenetic molecular biology.
• Cryopreservation of marine invertebrates sperm, embryos and larvae including its application to the practice in collaboration with the Szent Istvan University, Godollo, Hungary ,
• Quality research of fish and sea urchin gonads for commercial production of different products: dried mullet roe and sea urchin marinades

Relevant publications

1. Sarà G., Milanese M., Prusina I., Sarà A., Angel L., Dror A., Glamuzina B., Nitzan T., Freeman S., Rinaldi A., Palmeri V., Montalto V., Lo Martire M., Gianguzza P., Arizza V., Lo Brutto S., De Pirro M., Helmuth B., Murray J., De Cantis S., Williams A.G., 2013. The impact of climate change on Mediterranean intertidal communities: losses in coastal ecosystem integrity and services. Regional environmental change. 10.1007/s10113-012-0360-z
2. Horvát, Á., Bubalo, A., Čućević, A., Bartulović, Vlasta, Kotrik, L., Urbányi, B., Glamuzina, B., 2012. Cryopreservation of sperm and larvae of the European flat oyster (Ostrea edulis). Journal of applied ichthyology. 28 (2012) , 6; 948-951
3. Šegvić-Bubić Tanja, Lepen Ivana, Trumbić Željka, Ljubković Jelena, Sutlović Davorka, Matić-Skoko Sanja, Grubišić Leon, Glamuzina Branko,Mladineo Ivona. (2011). Population genetic structure of the reared and wild gilthead sea bream (Sparus aurata) in the Adriatic inferred with microsatellite loci. Aquaculture (Amsterdam). 318, 3-4: 309-315.
4. Bartulović Vlasta, Dulčić Jakov, Matić-Skoko Sanja, Glamuzina Branko. (2011). Reproductive cycles of Mugil cephalus, Liza ramada and Liza aurata (Teleostei: Mugilidae). Journal of Fish Biology. 78, 7; 2067-2073
5. Pešić Ana, Đurović Mirko, Joksimović Aleksandar, Regner Slobodan, Simonović Predrag, Glamuzina Branko. (2010). Some reproductive patterns of the sardine, Sardina pilchardus (Walb, 1792), in Boka Kotorska Bay (Montenegro, southern Adriatic Sea). Acta Adriatica, 51, 2; 85-92.
6. Tomšić, Sanja; Conides, Alexis, Dupčić-Radić, Iris; and Glamuzina, Branko. 2010. Growth, size class frequency and reproduction of purple sea urchin, Paracentrotus lividus (Lamarck, 1816) in Bistrina Bay (Adriatic Sea, Croatia). Acta Adriatica. 51, 1: 67-77.
7. Conides, Alexis; Glamuzina, Branko; Dulčić, Jakov; Kapiris, Kostas; Jug-Dujaković, Jurica; Papaconstantinou, Costas. 2008. Study of the reproduction of the Karamote shrimp Penaeus (Melicertus) kerathurus in Amvrakikos Gulf, western Greece. Acta Adriatica. 49, 2; 97-106.
8. Glamuzina, B., Dulčić, J., Conides, A., Bartulović, V., Matić-Skoko, S., Papaconstantinou, C. 2007. Some biological parameters of the thin-lipped mullet, Liza ramada (Pisces, Mugilidae) in the Neretva River delta (Eastern Adriatic, Croatian coast). Vie et Millieu, 3; 131-136.
9. Glamuzina B., V. Bartulović, J. Dulčić, A. J. Conides, P. Tutman, S. Matic -Skoko, A. Gavrilovic,J. Jug-Dujakovic, E. Haskovic, A. Ivanc and N. Zovko, 2007. Some biological characteristics of the endemic Neretvan nase, Chondrostoma knerii Heckel, 1843, in the Hutovo Blato wetlands (Bosnia and Herzegovina). Journal of Applied Ichthyology, 23: 221–225.


Liza ramada ovaries ready for salting (macro, fresh oocytes and histology section)


European flat oyster, Ostrea edulis– histology showing hermaphroditic stage of development


Purple sea urchin gonads: a) macro; b) histological section of gonads full of ripe phagocytes; c) gonads with ripe oocytes