Disease Risks Associated with Importation of Nonindigenous Marine Animals

Sindermann, Carl J. (1992) Disease Risks Associated with Importation of Nonindigenous Marine Animals. Marine Fisheries Review, 54(3), pp. 1-10.

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Transfers and introductions of marine species have occurred and are occurring on a worldwide basis, largely in response to perceived needs of expanding aquaculture industries. Greatest interest is in salmon (cage rearing and ocean ranching), shrimp, and bivalve mollusks, although other organisms are being considered. Such movements of animals carry an associated risk of moving pathogens into areas where they did not occur previously, possibly resulting in infections in native species. Many case histories of the effects of introduced pathogens and parasites now exist-enough to suggest that national and international action is necessary. Viral pathogens of shrimp and salmon, as well as protozoan parasites of mollusks and nematode parasites of eels, have entered complex "transfer networks" developed by humans, and have been transported globally with their hosts in several well-documented instances. Examining the records of transfers and introductions of marine species, incomplete as they are, permits the statement of emerging principles-foremost of which is that severe disease outbreaks can result from inadequately controlled or uncontrolled movements of marine animals.

Item Type: Article
Title: Disease Risks Associated with Importation of Nonindigenous Marine Animals
Personal Creator/Author:
Sindermann, Carl J.
Refereed: Yes
Journal or Publication Title: Marine Fisheries Review
Volume: 54
Number: 3
Page Range: pp. 1-10
Date: 1992
ISSN: 0090-1830
Issuing Agency: United States National Marine Fisheries Service
Subjects: Biology
Item ID: 9890
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2012 12:38
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2012 12:38
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/9890

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