Monster Seminar Jam - Southern Sea Otters, Pathogens, Toxins and Persistent Organic Pollutants
Dr. David Jessup, Marine Wildlife Veterinary Care and Research Center, California Department of Fish and Game
It has taken excellent cooperation, collaboration and transdisciplanry efforts to amass and meld sufficient biological, ecological, pathological, microbiological and epidemiological data to understand the nature, source and scope of southern sea otter health problems. Pollution in the form of disease-causing organisms that come from terrestrial and anthropogenic sources; bacteria and protozoal parasites from sewage, agricultural and street runoff; contaminants; and nutrients that cause algal blooms and intoxications, are all part of the problem. Southern sea otters inhabit a nearshore coastal ecosystem that is far richer in potential disease-causing organisms, and pollutants that could compromise disease resistance, than that in which they evolved. These forms of pollution and their interactions with and relationships to sea otter biology will be reviewed. This situation poses a threat not only to sea otters, but to both human and ecosystem health.
Date and Time:
March 6, 2008,
11:00 am - 12:30 pm