A PRELIMINARY STUDY ON JUVENILE FISHES IN THE ISTANBUL STRAIT (BOSPHORUS)

A preliminary study on juvenile fishes in the Istanbul Strait (Bosphorus)

Çetin Keskin

Faculty of Fisheries, Istanbul University, 34470, Laleli-Istanbul, TURKEY

Abstract

The study was carried out in July and August 2011 in shallow water of the Istanbul Strait to understand the ichthyological fauna of the area. Samples were collected over sandy, gravel and algal bottoms by using beach seine. A total of 583 individuals belonging to 25 species were collected. Among them, 32% of sampled individuals were juvenile or subadult fish.

Keywords: Fish, juvenile, nursery area, Istanbul Strait