Infectious Diseases of Fishes in the Salish Sea

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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. © 2013 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.




Hershberger, P., Rhodes, L., Kurath, G., & Winton, J. (2013). Infectious Diseases of Fishes in the Salish Sea. Fisheries, 38(9), 402–409.

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