6 deadly seafood viruses and diseases to watch out for

Published on
May 27, 2016

Obstacles abound for the seafood industry at every level, but perhaps the most daunting and perplexing of these hold-ups comes in the smallest of packages.

There are as many viruses and diseases impacting the seafood industry as there are species of fish and shellfish, with acronyms being developed regularly to explain the deadly microscopic culprits behind a new batch of mortalities. Fish farmers and wild fishers alike are forced to confront sickening stocks throughout their careers, with the usual suspects like early mortality syndrome (EMS) easily recognized and whispered about across the industry.

While treatments and techniques are constantly being developed to stave off and prevent disease among fish of all types, a lot of these biological antagonists continue to elude clear-cut cures. Click through the slideshow below to brush up on the latest news surrounding some of the seafood industry’s most notorious viruses and diseases, their symptoms and their treatability.

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