Falkland Islands Fisheries Department

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Dr. Frane Škeljo

Background & Qualifications

I was born and raised in Croatia and completed my MSc in Marine Fishery at University of Split in 2006. After graduation I was employed by the Department of Marine Studies at University of Split, where I continued to work until 2019. During this period, I completed a PhD in Applied Marine Sciences and got the position of Assistant Professor / Senior Research Associate. My research work was oriented to marine fisheries, mostly regarding fisheries biology of exploited species, fishing gear impacts on exploited populations and fishing gear selectivity studies. In 2020 I took a position of Stock Assessment Scientist at the Falkland Islands Fisheries Department, focusing on Patagonian toothfish fishery MSC re-certification and stock assessments of commercial fishery stocks in Falkland waters.

Research Interest

Fishery stock assessment, fisheries management, fisheries biology, life history and population dynamics


Brčić, J., Herrmann, B., Mašanović, M., Šifner, S.K., Baranović, M.,& Škeljo, F. (2019). Mesh sticking probability in fishing gear selectivity: Methodology and case study on Norway lobster (Nephrops norvegicus) and mantis shrimp (Squilla mantis) in the Mediterranean Sea creel fishery. Mediterranean Marine Science, 0:487-495. (early view)

Brčić, J., Herrmann, B., Mašanović, M., Šifner, S.K.,& Škeljo, F. (2018). CREELSELECT - A method for determining the optimal creel mesh: Case study on Norway lobster (Nephrops norvegicus) fishery in the Mediterranean Sea. Fisheries Research, 204:433-440.

Brčić, J., Herrmann, B., Mašanović, M., Baranović, M., Šifner, S.K.,& Škeljo, F. (2018). Size selection of Nephrops norvegicus (L.) in commercial creel fishery in the Mediterranean Sea. Fisheries Research, 200:25-32.

Brčić, J., Herrmann, B., Mašanović, M., Šifner, S.K.,& Škeljo, F. (2017). Influence of soak time on catch performance of commercial creels targeting Norway lobster (Nephrops norvegicus) in the Mediterranean Sea. Aquatic Living Resources, 30:36.

Ferri, J., Brčić, J., Škeljo, F., Sršen, L.,& Uvodić, A. (2017). Preliminary study on the age and growth of the argentine, Argentina sphyraena (Actinopterygii: Osmeriformes: Argentinidae) from the eastern Adriatic Sea. Acta Ichthyologica et Piscatoria, 47(4):365-369.

Tsagarakis, K., Carbonell, A., Brčić, J., Bellido, J.M., Carbonara, P., Casciaro, L., Edridge, A., Garcia, T., Gonzalez, M., Krstulović Šifner, S., Machias, A., Notti, E., Papantoniou, G., Sala, A., Škeljo, F., Vitale, S., Vassilopoulou, V. (2017). Old info for a new fisheries policy: Discard ratios and lengths at discarding in EU Mediterranean bottom trawl fisheries. Frontiers in Marine Science, 4:1-13.

Škeljo, F., Brčić, J., Vuletin, V.,& Ferri, J. (2015). Age and growth of the axillary wrasse, Symphodus mediterraneus (L.) from the eastern Adriatic Sea. Marine Biology Research, 11(7):780-784.

Škeljo, F., Ferri, J., Brčić, J., Petrić, M.,& Jardas, I. (2012). Age, growth and utility of otolith morphometrics as a predictor of age in the wrasse Coris julis (Labridae) from the eastern Adriatic Sea. Scientia Marina, 76(3):587-595.

Škeljo, F.,& Ferri, J. (2012). The use of otolith shape and morphometry for identification and size estimation of five wrasse species in predator-prey studies. Journal of Applied Ichthyology, 28:524-530.

Cetinić, P., Škeljo, F.,& Ferri, J. (2011). Discards of the commercial boat seine fisheries on Posidonia oceanica beds in the eastern Adriatic Sea. Scientia Marina, 75(2):289-300.

Ferri, J., Topić Popović, N., Čož-Rakovac, R., Beer-Ljubić, B., Strunjak-Perović, I., Škeljo, F., Jadan, M., Petrić, M., Barišić, J., Šimpraga, M.,& Stanić, R. (2011). The effect of artificial feed on blood biochemistry profile and liver histology of wild saddled bream, Oblada melanura (Sparidae). Marine Environmental Research, 71(3):218-224.

Matić-Skoko, S., Ferri, J., Škeljo, F., Bartulović, V., Glavić, K.,& Glamuzina, B. (2011). Age, growth and validation of otolith morphometrics as predictors of age in the forkbeard, Phycis phycis (Gadidae). Fisheries Research, 112(1/2):52-58.

Petrić, M., Ferri, J., Škeljo, F.,& Krstulović Šifner, S. (2010). Body and beak measures of Illex coindetii (Cephalopoda: Ommastrephidae) and their relation to growth and maturity. Cahiers de Biologie Marine, 51(3):275-287.

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