Special Issue "Effects of Marine Pollution on Fish Ecology"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Sinopoli Mauro
Guest Editor
Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Palermo, Italy
Interests: marine ecology; ecosystem ecology; marine biodiversity; marine environment; conservation biology; fish ecology; fisheries ecology; behavioral ecology of fishes

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Marine pollution occurs when a large amount of chemicals; particles; industrial, agricultural, and residential waste; or noise enters the ocean. Marine pollution can also result from activities related to navigation, fishery, aquaculture, oil and gas extraction, and other economic activities related to the sea. Pollution is already known to have a detrimental effect on fish species and the ecosystems where they live. The scientific literature reports many classic cases of the accumulation of pollutants such as heavy metals and synthetic molecules in fish, and their associated negative effects. Similarly, the mechanisms of accumulation and biomagnification through the trophic web have been described. The effect of other pollutants has been elaborated and is still very interesting. The presence of plastics in all shapes and sizes (from macro- to micro-) in the stomachs of fish and in the trophic web is a very relevant topic. The effects of these pollutants on fish, as well as the ideal study methods, are still much debated and require clarification.

Noises also represent a new frontier of research and study of the effects of this form of pollution in fish. Studies of the effects on behavior and proposals for new multidisciplinary approaches need to be disseminated.

Finally, it is also important to consider the presence of macrolitters and other large floating and sunken structures as pollution. These can represent some artificial habitats that have detrimental effects on the distribution of fish and their life cycles. Contributions on all the above topics will be accepted for this Special Issue.

Dr. Sinopoli Mauro
Guest Editor

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  • marine ecology
  • ecosystem ecology
  • marine biodiversity
  • marine environment
  • conservation biology
  • biomagnification
  • microplastic
  • marine litter and debris
  • artificial reefs
  • FADs (fish aggregating devices)

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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