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Infectious diseases of fishes in the Salish Sea

September 1, 2013

As in marine regions throughout other areas of the world, fishes in the Salish Sea serve as hosts for many pathogens, including nematodes, trematodes, protozoans, protists, bacteria, viruses, and crustaceans. Here, we review some of the better-documented infectious diseases that likely contribute to significant losses among free-ranging fishes in the Salish Sea and discuss the environmental and ecological factors that may affect the population-level impacts of disease. Demonstration of these diseases and their impacts to critical and endangered resources provides justification to expand pathogen surveillance efforts and to incorporate disease forecasting and mitigation tools into ecosystem restoration efforts.

Publication Year 2013
Title Infectious diseases of fishes in the Salish Sea
DOI 10.1080/03632415.2013.826202
Authors Paul Hershberger, Linda Rhodes, Gael Kurath, James Winton
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Fisheries
Index ID 70058660
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Western Fisheries Research Center