ASTM E1711 - 12 - Standard Guide for Measurement of Behavior During Fish Toxicity Tests

ASTM E1711 - 12

Standard Guide for Measurement of Behavior During Fish Toxicity Tests

Status : Current   Published : January 2012



1.1 This guide covers some general information on methods for qualitative and quantitative assessment of the behavioral responses of fish during standard laboratory toxicity tests to measure the sublethal effects of exposure to chemical substances. This guide is meant to be an adjunct to toxicity tests and should not interfere with those test procedures.

1.2 Behavioral toxicosis occurs when chemical or other stressful conditions, such as changes in water quality or temperature, induce a behavioral change that exceeds the normal range of variability ( 1). Behavior includes all of the observable, recordable, or measurable activities of a living organism and reflects genetic, neurobiological, physiological, and environmental determinants ( 2).

1.3 Behavioral methods can be used in biomonitoring, in the determination of no-observed-effect and lowest-observed-effect concentrations, and in the prediction of hazardous chemical impacts on natural populations ( 3).

1.4 The behavioral methods described in this guide include locomotory activity, feeding, and social responses, which are critical to the survival of fish ( 4).

1.5 This guide is arranged as follows:

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1.6 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to SI units that are provided for information only and are not considered standard.

1.7  This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use. While some safety considerations are included in this guide, it is beyond the scope of this guide to encompass all safety requirements necessary to conduct behavioral toxicity tests. Specific hazards statements are given in Section 7.

Standard NumberASTM E1711 - 12
TitleStandard Guide for Measurement of Behavior During Fish Toxicity Tests
Publication Date12 January 2012
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)No other standards are normatively referenced
Informative References(Provided for Information)No other standards are informatively referenced
Descriptors Aquatic Organisms, Chemical Analysis, Chemical Compounds, Fishes, Qualitative Analysis, Quantitative Analysis, Toxicity Test
File Size160.2 KB

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