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Document Type: Journal Article
Center: NWFSC
Document ID: 4422
Title: Infectious diseases of fishes in the the Salish Sea
Author: Paul Hershberger, L. D. Rhodes, Gael Kurath, James Winton
Publication Year: 2013
Journal: Fisheries
Volume: 38
Issue: 9
Pages: 402-409
Keywords: diseases,parasites,bacterial kidney disease,viruses,diseases,parasites,bacterial kidney disease,viruses

 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 fore- casting and mitigation tools into ecosystem restoration efforts.

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Theme: Recovery, Rebuilding and Sustainability of Marine and Anadromous Species
Foci: Characterize vital rates and other demographic parameters for key species, and develop and improve methods for predicting risk and viability/sustainability from population dynamics and demographic information.
Develop methods to use physiological and biological information to predict population-level processes.