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DAO 100:89-93 (2012)  -  DOI:

Disease effects on lobster fisheries, ecology, and culture: overview of DAO Special 6

Donald C. Behringer1,2,*, Mark J. Butler IV3, Grant D. Stentiford4

1Program in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 32653, USA
2Emerging Pathogens Institute, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 32610, USA
3Department of Biological Sciences, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia 23529, USA
4European Union Reference Laboratory for Crustacean Diseases, Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas), Weymouth Laboratory, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 8UB, UK

ABSTRACT: Lobsters are prized by commercial and recreational fishermen worldwide, and their populations are therefore buffeted by fishery practices. But lobsters also remain integral members of their benthic communities where predator−prey relationships, competitive interactions, and host−pathogen dynamics push and pull at their population dynamics. Although lobsters have few reported pathogens and parasites relative to other decapod crustaceans, the rise of diseases with consequences for lobster fisheries and aquaculture has spotlighted the importance of disease for lobster biology, population dynamics and ecology. Researchers, managers, and fishers thus increasingly recognize the need to understand lobster pathogens and parasites so they can be managed proactively and their impacts minimized where possible. At the 2011 International Conference and Workshop on Lobster Biology and Management a special session on lobster diseases was convened and this special issue of Diseases of Aquatic Organisms highlights those proceedings with a suite of articles focused on diseases discussed during that session.

KEY WORDS: Panulirus argus virus 1 · PaV1 · Hematodinium · Gaffkemia · Aerococcus viridians · Shell disease · ESD · Aquimarina homaria · Intersex · ICWL

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Cite this article as: Behringer DC, Butler MJ IV, Stentiford GD (2012) Disease effects on lobster fisheries, ecology, and culture: overview of DAO Special 6. Dis Aquat Org 100:89-93.

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