Request for info: marine fish parasite

Ron Huber coastwatch at acadia.net
Thu Jul 3 15:43:50 EST 1997


The dinoflagellate Pfiesteria piscicida, responsible for large fish kills 
in North Carolina waters and presently infesting Chesapeake Bay, could 
pose a threat to Maine coastal fisheries, if it is transported in bulk 
cargo vessel ballast water. Some Maine forestry companies may begin 
selling woodchips to North Carolina mills, Vessels coming from N. 
Carolina to pick up woodchip in Maine could bring large quantities of 
this pest in the million+ gallons of ballast water it will taken on prior 
to leaving N Carolina and discharge into Maine waters before taking on 
woodechips.
Any info on whether this parasite is known to survive ballast water 
travels would be most appreciated.

Ron Huber, director
Coastal Waters Project
email coastwatch at acadia.net




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