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Media Advisory: Scientists to Discuss Disease in Chesapeake Bay Rockfish
Released: 5/5/2006 8:11:55 AM

Contact Information:
U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
Office of Communication
119 National Center
Reston, VA 20192
Diane Noserale, USGS 1-click interview
Phone: 703-648-4333

Ben Sherman, NOAA
Phone: 301-713-3066



What: News conference

Topic: Mycobacteriosis in striped bass (rockfish) in the Chesapeake Bay and tributaries

Where: Radisson Hotel, 210 Holiday Court, Annapolis, Md.

When: Thurs., May 11, 1:00 - 2:30 pm

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Fish Health Research Laboratory and NOAA´s Cooperative Oxford Laboratory are cosponsoring a workshop on mycobacteriosis in Chesapeake Bay striped bass. This disease, also known as "fish-handlers disease," causes wasting and skin lesions in rockfish, a species that is important to recreational and commercial fishers and the economy of the Chesapeake Bay. Scientists estimate that, in some areas, 70 percent of striped bass are affected by this disease. The workshop will assemble federal and state researchers, resource managers, and is intended to:

  • Establish the state of knowledge on mycobacteriosis and its ecological effects.
  • Identify needs and establish priorities for future research.
  • Develop and coordinate research plans to address immediate and long-term management needs.

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