||Shell Disease in Blue Crabs, 'Callinectes sapidus', from the Albemarle-Pamlico Estuary.
Noga, E. J. ;
Engel, D. W. ;
Arroll, T. W. ;
||North Carolina State Univ. at Raleigh. Dept. of Companion Animal and Special Species Medicine. ;National Marine Fisheries Service, Beaufort, NC. Beaufort Lab.;North Carolina Dept. of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources, Raleigh. Albemarle-Pamlico Estuarine Study.;Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC.
Albemarle-Pamlico Estuary ;
Fish diseases ;
Marine biology ;
Water pollution effects(Animals) ;
Environmental effects ;
North Carolina ;
Antimicrobial agents ;
Blue crabs ;
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Landings of blue crab in the Pamlico River have been steadily declining since 1984. One factor which might be influencing this decline is disease. Shell disease has recently been commonly observed. This disease has been mostly associated with a bacterial infection of the shell and can ultimately lead to the death of the crab. While shell disease has been linked to poor water quality, there is no information as to why pollution increases susceptibility. The project is addressing that question by examining the natural bacterial-fighting ability of healthy blue crabs and comparing it with that of individuals with shell disease.