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Canada-United States Bitter Crab Disease Project

Frank Morado of the AFSC's Fisheries Resources Pathobiology team traveled to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada, on 31 October to discuss current status and progress of a 3-year project on bitter crab disease in snow crabs which is funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

Members of the research team include staff scientists from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Quebec provinces), University of Alaska Southeast, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, University of Prince Edward Island and the AFSC.

The meeting provided an opportunity for training of University of Prince Edward Island collaborators on tools and techniques in the study of the causative agent of the disease, a parasitic dinoflagellate of the genus Hematodinium.

The meeting also provided an opportunity to plan future experiments identified within the funded proposal. In addition, Frank met with graduate students with the project and participated in their graduate school committee meetings.

The trip was successful as problem areas of the project were identified and solutions were presented.

By Frank Morado

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