01 December 2008

Chesapeake Scarring Disease Can Kill Striped Bass

“A chronic bacterial disease that infects more than half of all the striped bass in the Chesapeake Bay is also lethal to the prized game fish, researchers concluded.

“Scientists at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science said they are the first to conclusively link mycobacteriosis to the death of rockfish, the more common name for bay stripers." [Photo: Striped Bass Larva]

“Although the disease was first detected among bay rockfish in 1977, its virulence was not immediately apparent because the fish weren’t dying in large numbers.”

DelmarvaNow.com

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