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Marine disease impacts, diagnosis, forecasting, management and policy

February 29, 2016

As Australians were spending millions of dollars in 2014 to remove the coral-eating crown of thorns sea star from the Great Barrier Reef, sea stars started washing up dead for free along North America's Pacific Coast. Because North American sea stars are important and iconic predators in marine communities, locals and marine scientists alike were alarmed by what proved to be the world's most widespread marine mass mortality in geographical extent and species affected, especially given its mysterious cause. Investigative research using modern diagnostic techniques implicated a never-before-seen virus [1]. The virus inspired international attention to marine diseases, including this theme issue.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2016
Title Marine disease impacts, diagnosis, forecasting, management and policy
DOI 10.1098/rstb.2015.0200
Authors Kevin D. Lafferty, Eileen E. Hofmann
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
Series Number
Index ID 70168701
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Western Ecological Research Center