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 . The virus inspired international attention to marine diseases, including this theme issue.
|Title||Marine disease impacts, diagnosis, forecasting, management and policy|
|Authors||Kevin D. Lafferty, Eileen E. Hofmann|
|Publication Subtype||Journal Article|
|Series Title||Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences|
|Record Source||USGS Publications Warehouse|
|USGS Organization||Western Ecological Research Center|