Initial Steps Towards Evaluating Potential Disease Impacts of Propagated Marine Fish on Wild Stocks: A New Herpesvirus from White Seabass

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Start/End: February, 2007 to January, 2010

Fear of spreading disease is a major obstacle in developing marine aquaculture, particularly in California. In collaboration with the California Department of Fish and Game and the Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute, a doctor of veterinary medicine will study aspects of “pathogen amplification,” using a herpes-like virus in white seabass as a case study. It is hoped this work will establish criteria and tools for systematically evaluating disease risks for a growing list of marine fish slated for artificial propagation.

Co-principal Investigators