Special Issue "Impacts of Human Activities and Climate Change on Freshwater Fish"

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Water Quality and Ecosystems".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Pietro Volta
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Guest Editor
Water Research Institute, National Research Council of Italy, IRSA-CNR, Largo Tonolli, 50, 28922, Verbania Pallanza, Italy
Tel. +39 0323 518335
Interests: fish ecology; lacustrine food webs; invasive fish species; climate change; freshwater fish conservation; fisheries management
Prof. Dr. Erik Jeppesen
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Co-Guest Editor
Bioscience, Aarhus University, Vejlsøvej 25, 8600 Silkeborg, Denmark
Tel. +45 30783165
Interests: aquatic ecology, biological structure and interactions with the nutrient dynamics and climate in lakes, lake restoration, lake re-establishment, palaeoecology, ecosystem modelling
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Dear Colleagues,

Fish play a key role in the food web dynamics of freshwater ecosystems as well as in the provision of services for human societies. Despite their importance, freshwater fish all around the world are under multiple pressures of anthropogenic and climatic origin, which often interact with each other. Eutrophication, chemical pollution, overfishing, water abstraction, and river morphology alteration, as well as novel emerging contaminants are only some examples of the pressures impacting freshwater fish.

In this Special Issue, we aim to collect reviews and significant case studies focusing on the impact of human activities and climatic pressure on freshwater fish at different levels of their organization (e.g., species, genus, family, assemblages) in rivers and lakes all around the world and, if available, successful solutions to counteract them. Case studies and reviews can also consider species that only partially spend their lives in freshwater, such as salmon, trout, sturgeons, and eels, but, nevertheless, need freshwater to complete their life cycle.

Dr. Pietro Volta
Prof. Dr. Erik Jeppesen
Guest Editors

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  • freshwater fish
  • fish biodiversity
  • anthpogenic pressures
  • climate change
  • adaptive management
  • fisheries
  • flag fish species

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Endemic Freshwater Fish Range Shifts Related to Global Climate Changes: A Long-Term Study Provides Some Observational Evidence for the Mediterranean Area
Water 2019, 11(11), 2349; https://doi.org/10.3390/w11112349 - 08 Nov 2019
Climate changes will lead to a worsening of the ecological conditions, in terms of hydrological instability and rising water temperatures, of the Mediterranean rivers. Freshwater fishes inhabiting this area can be threatened in the near future by accelerating drought and decreased ecological connectivity. [...] Read more.
Climate changes will lead to a worsening of the ecological conditions, in terms of hydrological instability and rising water temperatures, of the Mediterranean rivers. Freshwater fishes inhabiting this area can be threatened in the near future by accelerating drought and decreased ecological connectivity. The main aim of the research was to analyze changes in the distribution of the endemic freshwater fishes Padogobius nigricans, Squalius lucumonis and Telestes muticellus in the Tiber River basin (Italy), within a proven period of climate warming, in terms of increasing water temperature and droughts. A multivariate analysis was conducted using fish and environmental data collected in 117 sites over the years 1990–2017. For the three species, population abundance, age structure and body condition were analyzed. Detectability, occupancy, local extinction and colonization processes were also examined. We showed that S. lucumonis and T. muticellus have shifted their distributions upstream, likely in order to reach their thermal optimum. Padogobius nigricans did not move upstream significantly, since the species is characterized by limited vagility and thus a low dispersal capability in a context of high river fragmentation. In the study area, elevation and river barriers seem to play a key role in extirpation and colonization processes; for S. lucumonis and T. muticellus the extinction probability decreased with increasing altitude, while for P. nigricans the colonization probability decreased with an increasing degree of river fragmentation. These results highlight how species-specific dispersal ability can lead to varying adaptability to climate change. Full article
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Dr. Matt Ford from RED List IUCN group would be interested to submit a paper entitled (working title) 'Freshwater Fishes of the Maghreb: Distribution, Diversity and Conservation Status' for this special issue.

Dr. Matthew Gollock, on behalf of the IUCN Anguillid Eel Specialist Group, would be very keen to submit a paper using eels as a case study for the impacts of human activities in freshwater.

Dr. Krimea may submit a contribution.

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