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The Fish Health Program conducts science focused on understanding the control, distribution and severity of infectious diseases affecting hatchery and wild fish. Our research projects are national and international in scope but have a major focus on fish health issues in the western landscapes of the Columbia River, Puget Sound and Klamath Basin.

BKD Protocols

BKD Protocols

Protocols for the Detection of Renibacterium salmoninarum in salmon

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Tribal Collaborations

Tribal Collaborations

The Fish Health Program has a strong commitment to respond to requests for research and technical support from Tribal fisheries agencies.

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News

Date published: December 13, 2017

Western Fisheries Science News, November 2017 | Issue 5.11

USGS and Chinese Fish Health Specialists Meet in the People's Republic of China to Discuss Fish Health

Date published: April 6, 2016

Western Fisheries Science News, March 2016 | Issue 4.3

Understanding the Effects of Temperature on Diseases in Fish

Publications

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Year Published: 2020

Disease in Central Valley salmon: Status and lessons from other systems

Chinook Salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) are increasingly vulnerable to anthropogenic activities and climate change, especially at their most southern species range in California’s Central Valley. There is considerable interest in understanding stressors that contribute to population decline and in identifying management actions that reduce the...

Lehman, Brendan M; Johnson, Rachel C.; Adkison, Mark; Burgess, Oliver T; Connon, Richard E; Fangue, Nann A.; Foott, Scott J; Hallett, Sascha L; Martínez-López, Beatriz; Miller, Kristina M.; Purcell, Maureen K.; Som, Nicholas A.; Valdes-Donoso, Pablo; Collins, Alison L

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Year Published: 2020

Genomes reveal genetic diversity of Piscine orthoreovirus in farmed and free-ranging salmonids from Canada and USA

Piscine orthoreovirus (PRV-1) is a segmented RNA virus which is commonly found in salmonids in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. PRV-1 causes the Heart and Skeletal Muscle Inflammation (HSMI) disease in Atlantic salmon and is associated with several other disease conditions. Previous phylogenetic studies of genome segment 1 (S1) identified four...

Siah, Ahmed; Breyta, B. R.; Warheit, K. I.; Gagne, N; Purcell, Maureen K.; Morrison, Diane B.; Powell, J. F. F.; Johnson, S. C.

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Genomic architecture and repertoire of the rainbow trout immunoglobulin light chain genes

The genomic loci encoding the four immunoglobulin light chains (IgL1, IgL2, IgL3, and IgL4) in the Swanson trout genome assembly were annotated in order to provide a measurement of the potential IgL repertoire. IgL1 and IgL3 gene segments are co-localized on chromosomes 21, 18, 15, and 7 while IgL2 and IgL4 were found on chromosomes 13 and 17,...

Rego, Katherine; Hansen, John; Bromage, Erin S