Event Title

Wasting syndrome in sea stars along the west coast of North America.

Presentation Abstract

A severe outbreak of sea-star wasting-syndrome has affected populations of intertidal and subtidal communities along the west coast of North America during the last year. A large group of scientists and concerned citizens has worked together to identify the cause, document the geographic spread, and determine the population and community effects of the die offs. When we submitted our abstract, we had identified four general locations where sea star populations were dramatically reduced from wasting syndrome: Vancouver, BC, Seattle area, Monterey Bay, and Santa Barbara. Other areas along the west coast, from Alaska to San Diego, CA have been impacted to a lesser extent. During our talk, we will review the latest information related to wasting syndrome and its geographic extent, and provide the results of laboratory experiments and meta-genomics work to identify the cause of the die-offs.

Session Title

Session S-09E: Marine, Freshwater and Terrestrial Species: Threats and Conservation

Conference Track

Species and Food Webs

Conference Name

Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference (2014 : Seattle, Wash.)

Document Type

Event

Start Date

2-5-2014 10:30 AM

End Date

2-5-2014 12:00 PM

Location

Room 613-614

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Language

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May 2nd, 10:30 AM May 2nd, 12:00 PM

Wasting syndrome in sea stars along the west coast of North America.

Room 613-614

A severe outbreak of sea-star wasting-syndrome has affected populations of intertidal and subtidal communities along the west coast of North America during the last year. A large group of scientists and concerned citizens has worked together to identify the cause, document the geographic spread, and determine the population and community effects of the die offs. When we submitted our abstract, we had identified four general locations where sea star populations were dramatically reduced from wasting syndrome: Vancouver, BC, Seattle area, Monterey Bay, and Santa Barbara. Other areas along the west coast, from Alaska to San Diego, CA have been impacted to a lesser extent. During our talk, we will review the latest information related to wasting syndrome and its geographic extent, and provide the results of laboratory experiments and meta-genomics work to identify the cause of the die-offs.