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In August-September 2001, 15 samples of bottom sediments were collected in the inner, middle and open parts of Amursky Bay near Vladivostok, Russia, and barfin plaice Pleuronectes pinnifasciatus was sampled from the inner and the middle locations of the bay. In the sediments from all three sites, elevated concentrations of several heavy metals, i.e. Zn (102-115 g/g dry weight), Ni (70-73 g/g), and Cu (27-35 g/g) were discovered. The contents of oil hydrocarbons were very close to or slightly higher than the maximal normal environmental background level, 100 g/g dry weight. The sediments contained negligible amounts of hexachlorocyclohexane, while DDT concentrations were quite high (1.7-16.3 ng/g dry weight). Generally, there were no substantial differences in the pollution levels of the locations studied, and our results resembled those reported for Amursky Bay in the 1990s. Surprisingly, in 2001 fresh DDT comprised 70-85% of the total DDT content in sediment from all the locations studied. In fish liver, total DDTs concentrations were 212.8 and 122.54 ng/g wet weight for the inner and the middle locations, respectively, and fresh DDT comprised 35 and 64% of DDTs, respectively. These results provide evidence of recent input of DDT from an unknown source into the ecosystem of Amursky Bay. Histopathological changes revealed in the plaice liver (vacuolization of hepatocytes, coagulative necrosis of hepatocytes, inflammatory reaction, and necrosis of epithelial cells of bile ducts) are probably connected with an intensive metabolism of DDT in the fish organism. No histological and histomorphometric differences were found in the state of the interrenal tissue. Similar condition of the liver and the interrenal tissue in barfin plaice sampled from the inner and the middle locations of Amursky Bay may be explained by the absence of great differences in the pollution levels of these sites.