Evaluation of Cartilage-Bone Biopsy and Polymerase Chain Reaction Procedures for Nonlethal Detection of Whirling Disease

Grant: # 0065

Grant Amount: $22,267.89

Board Decision Year: 2000

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Alpena Fishery Resources Office (Alpena )

Alpena Fishery Resources Office

Lasee, Becky ([email protected]) (608) 783-8442

GLFT - Ecosystem Health and Sustainable Fish Populations-C - Ecological and biological fisheries research to inform management

Project Details

Whirling Disease (WD) is a serious disease of salmonids caused by the myxosporean parasite Myxobolus cerebralis (Mc). Introduction of WD into the Great Lakes, Wisconsin, and Minnesota would pose a risk to the multibillion-dollar-a-year Great Lakes freshwater salmonid fishery. This study validated a nonlethal test for Mc in salmonids, thereby preventing unnecessary sacrifice of suspect hatchery and feral fish, valuable broodstock, and threatened and endangered species.


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