Bitter Crab Disease Affecting Kodiak Tanner Crab

Figure 1. Ventral surface of two small (sublegal, non commercial size) maleChionoecetes tanneri. The specimen at the top of the image was heavily infected withHematodinium sp. and the other specimen was not infected with this parasite. Image provided by G. Meyer, DFO Pacific.

Nick Sagalkin is a Fish and Game area management biologist. He said Tanner crab samples taken from Deadman Bay have shown that one quarter of one percent were carrying the parasite that causes Bitter Crab Syndrome.

via KMXT 100.1 FM – Public Radio for Kodiak Island, Alaska. – ‘Bitter Crab’ Affecting Southwest Kodiak Tanners.

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