Special Issue "Ecotoxicological Effects of Heavy Metals and Chemical Pollutants on Fish"

A special issue of Fishes (ISSN 2410-3888).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 22 May 2022.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Malgorzata Witeska
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Guest Editor
Institute of Biological Sciences, Siedlce University of Natural Sciences and Humanities, Prusa 14, 08-110 Siedlce, Poland
Interests: fish biology; hematology; toxicology; heavy metal

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Increasing water pollution with chemicals used in industry, agriculture, and medicine that threaten aquatic organisms and entire biocenoses is a worldwide problem. Fish occupy various consumer levels of aquatic communities, and they are highly susceptible to exposure. Toxic chemicals may affect fish organisms in various ways: from sublethal effects gradually reducing fish reproductive abilities and recruitment that cause decrease in fish populations over a long time, by immediate disturbance of physiological processes resulting in reduced performance, chronic stress, and impaired immune response, to acute mortality caused by lethal concentrations of pollutants.

Human activities involve discharge of a wide variety of pollutants into fresh and marine waters: heavy metals, industrial organic wastes, pesticides, and therapeutics used in veterinary and human medicine. Polluted waters usually contain mixtures of pollutants that may have toxic effects on fish.

The toxicity of chemicals on fish organism may be evaluated at various levels of organization: molecular, proteomic, cellular, tissue, organism or population. There are various methods and endpoints of different sensitivity used to measure the toxicity of chemical compounds to fish.

The aim of the Special Issue "Ecotoxicological Effects of Heavy Metals and Chemical Pollutants on Fish" is the collection, comparison, and summary of results concerning toxicity of various chemicals to various fish species, evaluated using various methods, under both laboratory and field conditions.

Prof. Dr. Malgorzata Witeska
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Fishes is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • toxicity
  • aquatic pollution
  • fish
  • metals
  • pesticides
  • therapeutics

Published Papers

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