Shellfish Disease in Aquaculture: Scientists, Managers, and Growers Take on the Challenges

Tracey Crago, Two if by Sea; MIT and WHOI SeaGrant Programs

This "Two if by Sea" newsletter article highlights proceedings from a workshop in 2000 that focused on shellfish disease, particularly as it relates to the aquaculture industry. Speakers, including pathologists, growers, and industry representatives, delivered a recurring message: shellfish diseases are not only here, they are here to stay. And, most likely, they concur, additional diseases will be discovered in the future. The article discusses the following shellfish diseases: MSX (multinucleated sphere unknown), dermo (short for Dermocystidium marinus, the initial classification of the parasite that causes the disease; the parasite was later found to be of the genus Perkinsus), JOD (juvenile oyster disease), and QPX (Quahog Parasite Unknown).

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Subject: Biology:Ecology:Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism, Biology:Microbiology, Ecology:Habitats:Marine, Biology:Microbiology:Microbiology and Health
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
Grade Level: General Public, Graduate/Professional, College Upper (15-16), College Lower (13-14), High School (9-12)
Ocean Environments: Coastal and Estuarine
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Ecology