Volume: 39 Issue: 2, 6/15/22

Year: 2022


Short Communications

Case Report


Ege Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (EgeJFAS) is an open access, international, peer-reviewed journal publishing original research articles, short communications, technical notes, reports and reviews in all aspects of fisheries and aquatic sciences including biology, ecology, biogeography, inland, marine and crustacean aquaculture, fish nutrition, disease and treatment, capture fisheries, fishing technology, management and economics,  seafood processing, chemistry, microbiology, algal biotechnology, protection of organisms living in marine, brackish and freshwater habitats, pollution studies.

Ege Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (EgeJFAS)  published quarterly by Ege University Faculty of Fisheries since 1984.

We welcome your comments and suggestions. Please e-mail us at info@egejfas.org

Peer Review Process
Papers are assigned to Section Editors by the Editor-in-Chief after pre-review process by Technical Editor. Reviewers are chosen by the Section Editors. Every attempt is made to obtain two reviews of each manuscript.

The Editor will ask advice from members of the Editorial Board when a dispute between reviewers and authors needs to be resolved.

The reviewer can provide comments for the authors, and separate comments to the Editor in the spaces provided.

Publication Frequency
The journal includes original scientific articles on a variety of different subjects both in Turkish and English and is published four times a year in March, June, September and December.

Page Charges and Reprints
No page charges are collected. Corresponding authors will receive one hardcopy of the journal. All authors/readers have free access to all papers.

Plagiarism Detection
In accordance with its publishing policies EgeJFAS requires plagiarism check for each study that has undergone the "Review Process". The iThenticate plagiarism checker software is used for plagiarism detection.


Preparation of Manuscripts

Papers must be clearly written in Turkish or English. Manuscripts should be typed double spaced on A4 size paper in 12-point Times New Roman font including the references, table headings and figure captions with standard margins (25 mm) all around. The author's name should appear centred under the title. Numbered (1) note should give the author's institutional address and an asterisked (*) note should indicate the correspondence author’s e-mail address. Degrees and qualifications should not be included.

Please prepare your typescript text using a word-processing package (save in .doc or .docx). 

The complete manuscript should be in a single file containing full text, references, figures and tables. Figures and tables should be inside the manuscript placed properly (not at the end of manuscript). The line number should be given to the whole manuscript.

  • Research papers and reviews must not exceed 25 manuscript pages including tables and figures (except checklists).
  • Short communications, technical notes and reports which are results of brief but significant work, must not exceed 10 manuscript pages including tables and figures.


Title page

The title must be short and concise. The first name and surname of each author should be followed by department, institution, city with postcode, and country. The e-mail address of the corresponding author should also be provided. It is editorial policy to list only one author for correspondence.

It is important that authors ensure the following: (i) all names have the correct spelling and are in the correct order (first name and family name). Occasionally, the distinction between surnames and forenames can be ambiguous, and this is to ensure that the authors’ full surnames and forenames are tagged correctly, for accurate indexing online. 

ORCID numbers of all article authors must be listed on the article title page as of June 2017. Authors who do not have an ORCID number are required to register their number at www.orcid.org.


English and Turkish abstracts (contributors who are not native Turkish speakers may submit their manuscripts with an English abstract only) of maximum of 300 words should be included in all submissions. The Abstract should be comprehensible to readers before they have read the paper, and reference citations must be avoided. It is essential that the Abstract clearly states the legal importance of the work described in the paper. A list of keywords (maximum six) must be proposed.


Following pages

These should content the rest of the paper and should be organized into an Introduction, Material and methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgements and References. Short communication and technical notes both should follow the same layout, without the abstract. In writing of systematic papers, the International Codes of Zoological and Botanical Nomenclature must be strictly followed. The first mention in the text of any taxon must be followed by its authority including the year. The names of genera and species should be given in italics.



Acknowledgements should be kept brief and placed before the reference section.



Full references should be provided in accordance with the APA style. The usage of reference managers as Mendeley© or Endnote© or an online reference manager as Citefast (http://www.citefast.com/) with the output style of APA 6th edition is advised in organizing the reference list.

For using EGEJFAS style in Mendeley Desktorp please open the software and goto "View" menu item and hover the "Citation style" item and click "More styles..." in dropdown menu. In new window named as "Citation Styles" click the "Get More Styles" on top bar of the window go down of the window and enter the address of EGEJFAS style as "http://csl.mendeley.com/styles/474703351/EGEJFAS" in "Download Style" line and click "Download" button.  The reference style of EGEJFAS will be added to your style list. Click "Installed" tab you can see the style on your list of styles. If your manuscript is in English please select "Citation and Bibliography Language" as "English (US)". Click Done to finish your process. 

All references must be written in English. The in-text citation to the references should be formatted as surname(s) of the author(s) and the year of publication: (Kocataş, 1978) or (Geldiay and Ergen, 1972); in Turkish article (Geldiay ve Ergen, 1972). For citations with more than two authors, only the first author’s name should be given, followed by “et al.” –in Turkish article ‘vd.’- and the date. If the cited reference is the subject of a sentence, only the date should be given in parentheses, i.e., Kocataş (1978), Geldiay et al. (1971). There should be no parentheses for the citations that the year of the citation is given in the beginning of the sentence, i.e. “In 1978, Kocataş’s study of freshwater ecology showed that…”

When its needed to cite two or more works together, in-text citations should be arranged alphabetically in the same order in which they appear in the reference list, i.e. (Geldiay and Ergen, 1972;  Kocataş, 1978; Thurry, 1987) or (Kocataş, 1978, 1979, 1981) or (Geldiay and Ergen, 1972a, 1972b)

All citations should be listed in the reference list, with the exception of personal communications. References should be listed alphabetically ordered by the author’s surname, or first author’s surname if there is more than one author at the end of the text.

Hanging indent paragraph style should be used. The year of the reference should be in parentheses after the author name(s). The correct arrangement of the reference list elements should be in order as “Author surname, first letter of the name(s). (publication date). Title of work. Publication data. DOI

Article title should be in sentence case and the journal title should be in title case. Journal titles in the Reference List must be italicized and spelled out fully; do not abbreviate titles (e.g., Ege Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, not Ege J Fish Aqua Sci). Article titles are not italicized. If the journal is paginated by issue the issue number should be in parentheses. 

DOI information (if available) should be placed at the end of the reference as in the example. The DOI information for the reference list can be retrieved from CrossRef © Simple Text Query Form (https://doi.crossref.org/simpleTextQuery) by just pasting the reference list into the query box.

 The citation of journals, books, multi-author books and articles published online should conform to the following examples: 

Journal Articles

Öztürk, B. (2010). Scaphopod species (Mollusca) of the Turkish Levantine and Aegean seas. Turkish Journal of Zoology, 35(2), 199-211. DOI:10.3906/zoo-0904-23

Özbek, M. & Ulutürk, E. (2017). First record of Spongilla lacustris (Porifera: Demospongiae) from the Eastern Black Sea (Uzungöl Lake, Trabzon) (in Turkish with English abstract). Ege Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 34(3), 341-346. DOI: 10.12714/egejfas.2017.34.3.14


Parsons, T.R., Matia, Y. & Lalli, C.M. (1984). A manual of chemical and biological methods for seawater analysis. New York: Pergamon Press.


Chapter in Books

Gollasch, S. (2007). Is ballast water a major dispersal mechanism for marine organisms? In W. Nentwig (Ed.), Biological Invasions (pp 29-57). Berlin: Springer.



Soultos, N., Lossifidou, E., Lazou, T., & Sergedilis, D. (2010). Prevalence and antibiotic susceptibility of Listeria monocytogenes isolated from RTE seafoods in Thessaloniki (Northern Greece). In Ş. Çaklı, U. Çelik, C. Altınelataman (Eds.), West European Fish Technologists Association Annual Meeting 2010 (pp. 94-98). İzmir, Turkey: Proceedings Book.


Online Articles

Andrews, T. (2010). What vitamins are found in fish? Retrieved from http://www.livestrong.com/article/292999-what-vitamins-are-found-in-fish (27.11.2012).


Tables and Figures

All illustrations, except tables, should be labeled  ‘Figure’ and numbered in consecutive Arabic numbers, and referred to as Table 1, Figure 1....in the text, unless there is only one table or one figure. Each table and figure, with a concise heading or with a descriptive statement written in English -and Turkish- (only contributors who are native Turkish speakers) should be placed inside the manuscript in proper places. Tables need not to exceed 175 x 227 mm. Figures, which are recommended for electronic formats such as JPEG, TIFF (min. 300 dpi) should be also arranged in available dimensions. When it is necessary, the original copies of the figures will be asked from author(s) as separate files, after the reviewing process being concluded. Tables should be prepared by table tool in Word, tables in picture form will not be accepted. 


Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

  1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
  2. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
  3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).


Ethical Principles and Publication Policy

Ege Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (EgeJFAS) is an open access, international and peer-reviewed scientific journal that publishes original research articles, short communications, technical notes, reports and and reviews in English (preferred) and Turkish. There is no page charges. The journal is electronic and can be accessed at http://www.egejfas.org/.

EgeJFAS has adopted the principle of publishing high quality and reliable original scientific articles In order to achieve this, it follows and implements ethical standards, resources and policies that are internationally accepted and published as open access.

The Ethics Statements of EgeJFAS are based on the principles and guidelines that were revised and approved by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE, https://publicationethics.org/) on March 7, 2011. Follows and implements the principles that editors, reviewers and authors should follow under the guidance of "Best Practice Guidelines" (https://publicationethics.org/files/u2/Best_Practice.pdf) (https://publicationethics.org/files/Code_of_conduct_for_journal_editors_Mar11.pdf).

Authors should upload their articles electronically via the following address: https://dergipark.org.tr/en/journal/266/submission/step/manuscript/new
Manuscripts should not be copied elsewhere or submitted to another journal for parallel evaluation. Only original manuscripts are considered. It is evaluated with the understanding that the content is approved by all co-authors. Manuscripts are pre-checked by the technical editor for compliance with the submission and writing rules announced on the official website of the Journal. If a deficiency or error is detected, it is sent back to the author. After this process, the editor-in-chief review the manuscript. If the editor-in-chief thinks that the manuscript is not suitable for the EgeJFAS, it can rejected without forwarding to the section editor.

At least 3 external and independent reviewers who are experts in their fields are appointed. Each manuscript is reviewed through a double-blind peer-review process (identities of neither authors nor peer reviewers are disclosed). Editor-in-chief/editors take the final decision (Accept, Reject) of manuscript in line with the reviewer opinions. All responsibility for the scientific content and expressions in the published article belongs to the authors. In accordance with the publication policies of EgeJFAS, the plagiarism report for the relevant manuscript is requested to be uploaded to the submission system by the responsible author.

Ethical Responsibilities of Editors
Editors of EgeJFAS must comply with the following ethical responsibilities:
- Follows up-to-date processes to increase the quality of manuscripts and applies them when necessary.
- Evaluates the effects of the Journal policies on the attitudes of authors and reviewers.
- Revises the policies when necessary to encourage responsible behavior and prevent possible abuse.
- Does not compromise ethical standards. Has the right to reject the manuscript if there is any doubt about the ethical requirements and / or absence of the ethics committee reports.
- In order to increase the impact factor of the Journal provides publication of high quality manuscripts.
- Publish submission and acceptance dates of articles.
- Refer to the guidance of COPE flowcharts in cases of suspected misconduct or disputed authorship (http://publicationethics.org/flowcharts)
- Impartial towards the authors. Evaluates the content and originality of the manuscript without considering color, language, religion, gender, political opinion, citizenship, ethnic origin.
- Editors' decision to accept or reject a manuscript for publication based on the importance, originality and clarity of the manuscript, the validity of the study (research), and the relevance of the journal to its field of activity.
- Unless serious problems are detected on manuscript, editors do not reverse their decision to accept submissions.
- Follows the manuscript evaluation process and ensures that it is completed on time.
- Editor-in-Chief strongly recommends that editors recommend a mix of reviewers from different countries and different institutions.
- Reviewers who carry out their evaluations in a poor quality and inappropriately, do not return or incomplete teh process on time are removed from the Journal reviewer list.
- Updates the reviewer list according to those with high performance.
- Journal editors do not share the content of the submitted manuscripts with third parties.
- Ensures appropriate and competent reviewers are selected for the manuscripts, and pays attention that there are no conflicts of interest between the authors and the reviewers
- Provides detailed information to reviewers about the process, monitors their performances, pays attention to the high quality and meticulousness of the review.
- Reviews the reviewers’ comments, if there are no unpleasant comments such as insults, all comments are sent to the authors anonymously.
- Decides by considering the comments and decision (accept, reject, minor revision, major revision) suggestions of the referees. However, it should not be forgotten that the final decision is with the editor-in-chief.
- Editors do not make any decisions about works written by their family member. The usual procedure applies for this type of manuscript. The process continues without the relevant author being included in the evaluation process in the journal.
- When there is a change of editor, the new editor does not overturn a decision made by the previous editor, unless a significant situation.
- The journal owner / publisher does not interfere with the editors in the evaluation processes and decisions of the manuscripts.

Ethical Responsibilities of Reviewers
Reviewers are expected to comply with the ethical responsibilities stated below:
- Reviewers agree to review the manuscript in line with their field of expertise; otherwise, they should inform the editor immediately.
- Those who will be reviewers for the first time can read the reviewer information modules of Publons (https://publons.com/community/academy/).
- When the reviewer invited by the editor, if there is no very important reason, expected to accept.
- The manuscript should be evaluated objectively, impartially, fairly and confidentially.
- Review and contents information of manuscript should not be shared with anyone or contacted the authors directly.
- If the reviewers notice any conflict of interest, they should contact the editor. In the event of a conflict of interest concerning them, they should refuse to review the relevant article.
- The contents of unpublished manuscripts should not be used for personal interests. However, published articles can be used with proper citation.

The evaluation of the manuscripts should be made by checking their compliance with the following basic criteria:
 The study should be of unique value in terms of its contribution to science.
 The title of manuscript should be compatible with the content.
 The abstract should reflect the research and the conclusion reached.
 The Materials and Methods section should be well planned for the study purpose.
 Statistical methods and analysis should be suitable and sufficient for the study.
 If there are animal and human experiments, it should comply with ethical standards and detailed information should be given in the Materials and Methods section.
 Results should be explained correctly according to material and method.
 Figures and Tables should be arranged in a convenient and understandable way.
 In the discussion section, all findings should be discussed and interpreted with reputable and up-to-date references.
 The conclusion that emphasizes the importance of the study should be presented in a clear and understandable way.
 Any support and contribution used in the study should be included in the acknowledgment section.
 References should be up to date and relevant to the subject of the study.
 The manuscript submission type (research article, review, short communication, technical note, report) should be compatible with the submitted article.

- It is expected to review the revised manuscript again and check whether the corrections have been made or not.
- The reviewer evaluations should be scientific and constructive, and the style of the suggestions should be made in a polite and courteous language.
- The reviewers should be very careful about originality and plagiarism. In case of doubt, the section editor and editor-in-chief should be informed immediately.
- When the reviewer suggests citing his / her own works, it should really be directly related to the subject of the manuscript and personal interests should not be considered.
- Reviewers can make suggestions on the acceptability of the manuscript. However, they should know that the final decision is with the editors and the editor-in-chief.

Ethical Responsibilities of Authors
EgeJFAS assumes that all authors contribute to the article, know the content and agree to submit it to the journal. It is recommended to follow the principles below when submitting an article to the journal.
Authors should refrain from misrepresenting their work that would damage the trust in the journal and themselves, and that are not suitable for scientific studies and the professionalism of authorship. Scientific and ethical responsibilities belong to the authors.

Authors accept and declare that the manuscript is in accordance with the following publishing principles and ethical rules of EgeJFAS.
- The manuscript must be original. The results of the obtained data should be objectively discussed and the importance of the work should be revealed.
- The manuscript should not contain fabricated or fraudulent data.
- The manuscript should not be sent to more than one journal for simultaneous review.
- The manuscript should not be published in another scientific journal before. Be careful about self-plagiarism and be transparent when re-using the materials.
- A study should not be divided into parts (salami-slicing) and sent to different journals or to the same journal.
- Authors should not present any text, figures, tables or data belonging to others as author's own (plagiarism). The journal may screen for plagiarism.
- If authors have used the words or works of others, they should make sure that it is properly cited.
- The articles should refer to appropriate literature supporting the subject of study.
- Unnecessary citations to the submitted articles published in the same journal, excessive self-citation, coordinated efforts to cite among several authors, and other citation manipulations should not be made.
- When citation manipulation is detected, the article is rejected.
- Authors should cite the original article rather than an article that cites an original work.
- Authors should ensure that the citation is the correct source supporting the article.
- Authors should not cite the source they have not read.
- Citing peer-reviewed sources is recommended.
- All author names and address information (institution, e-mail, orcid) should appear on the submission. All information should be up to date and accurate.
- All authors on the submission should have contributed adequately to the scientific work, should be able to share responsibility and accountability. There should be no conflict of interest between the authors.
- Before the manuscript is submitted, the responsible author must have received submission permission from all co-authors.
- Relevant documents or data (raw data, samples, records, etc.) should be available to submit when requested from the author to verify the validity of the results presented in the manuscript.
- When a revision is requested from the authors in line with the reviewers’ opinions, should be completed on time. They should definitely give a reasoned opinion for suggestions that do not agree.
- In order to facilitate and speed up the reviewer checks, the corrections made on the manuscript should be listed.
- On the manuscript submitted for correction, revision should only be made in line with the editorial and reviewer opinions. Apart from the necessary corrections, no changes (new information, figures, tables, etc.) should be made on it. However, if a very important error is detected by the author, the editor-in-chief / editor should be informed immediately.
- Authors have an obligation to correct if they detect an important error in their published article. The author(s) should contact the journal and explain the error. This could be a correction or a retraction.
- If there is suspicion of misbehavior or alleged fraud and manuscript is under evaluation, it may be rejected. If the article is published online, either an erratum is published with the article or retraction of article is provided. For the both situation is presented an erratum or retraction note. The institution of the author(s) is informed.
- Any financial support provided for the support of the research and/or the preparation of the article should be disclosed. All kinds of support received from people other than article authors should be stated in the execution of the research and/or during the preparation / writing of the article, language spelling check, data collection and analysis, article writing.
- Participants who contributed to the manuscript but are not meet all criteria for authorship level should be shown in the acknowledgment section.

Changes to Authorship
At the time of submission, the author (s) information, the corresponding author and the order of the authors must be correct. Changing the author order, adding/deleting is not allowed during the revision phases. However, in rare cases, it can be applied when detailed and acceptable reasons are presented. All authors must be agree with any addition, removal or rearrangement. After the article is accepted, no changes can be made to the authorships.

Animal /Human Rights and Ethics
If the submitted article involves the use of animal and human subjects, authors should prove that they have carried out the manuscript studies in accordance with the relevant laws and regulations and they have received the approval of the authorized institutional committee (s). Copies of permissions must be provided when the journal on request. A separate explanation should be made for this subject in the Material and Method section of manuscript.

All animal and human experiments conducted in the manuscript research should comlpy with to the ARRIVE guidelines, EU Directive 2010/63/EU, The Code of Ethics of the World Medical Association (Declaration of Helsinki) and National Ethics Committee for Animal Experiments (HADMEK, HADYEK). If there is a human study in the article, it must comply with The Code of Ethics of the World Medical Association (Declaration of Helsinki).

Situations that require “Ethics Committee Permission Certificate”:
 Research in which humans and animals (including material / data) are used for experimental or other scientific purposes,
 Retrospective studies in accordance with the law on protection of personal data,
 Ethics committee approval is required for all kinds of research conducted with qualitative or quantitative approaches that require data collection from participants using questionnaires, interviews, focus group work, observation, experimentation, and interview techniques.
- For the use of scales, questionnaires and photographs belonging to others, permission is also requested from the owners and to be specified.
- Authors are recommended to comply with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Policy Statement on Research Involving Species at Risk of Extinction and the IUCN's Red List Index of Threatened Species Convention for Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.
- If chemicals with high hazards were used in the study, declarations of conformity are required and should be clearly defined in the manuscript.
- Authors accept the conditions stated in the "Copyright Notification Form".

Declaration of Conflicts of Interest / Competing Interests
Authors should declare in their cover letter / editor if they have financial or personal relationships with any organization / organization or person that may adversely affect their work.
In the event of a potential conflict of interest, the authors must state, "The following financial interests / personal relationships may be potential competitive interests", if there is no conflict of interest, "The authors declare that there is no known financial or personal conflict that may affect their research (article)".

Submission declaration and verification
Corresponding author should send the following cover letter sample to the editor-in-chief when submitting a manuscript article.
“I am sending the manuscript titled "...." to be published in the Journal of EgeJFAS. All persons listed as authors have read, contributed to the preparation of the manuscript and confirmed the originality, validity, legal suitability and interpretation of the data and agreed to be submitted to the Journal. Apart from the listed authors, no other person contributed significantly to the preparation of the manuscript. The manuscript has not been sent elsewhere for publication, or published elsewhere in whole or in part in English or any other language. There is no copying, slicing or plagiarism in it. We agree that publishers and editors will not be responsible for any consequences arising from the use of the information in this manuscript or for any mistakes made by us. By sending the article attached on behalf of the co-authors, I agree to all the terms stated above.

Content Availability
Articles are open access and free to use. Published articles are archived permanently. Proper citation is required when using an article published in the journal.

Articles are open access and free to use. Published articles are archived permanently. Proper citation is required when using an article published in the journal.