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Wellfleet Harbor And Dermo


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Presentation from 2008 State of Wellfleet Harbor Conference

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Wellfleet Harbor And Dermo

  1. 1. Wellfleet Harbor and Dermo PICTURE AND NOTES
  2. 2. Overview <ul><ul><li>What is the Oyster disease, Dermo? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What do we know /don’t know about Dermo? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How does Dermo effect the oyster? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What does this mean for Wellfleet Harbor? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Questions </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Oyster Disease <ul><li>Dermo Perkinsus marinus </li></ul><ul><li>MSX Haplosporidium nelsoni </li></ul><ul><li>JOD/ROD Roseovarius oyster disease </li></ul>
  4. 4. Dermo Background <ul><li>Dermo originally thought to be a fungus, reclassified as a protozoan parasite Perkinsus marinus in 1978. (Ewart and Ford, 1993) </li></ul><ul><li>Originally Dermo was restricted to southern waters </li></ul><ul><li>Usually spread to the North (Cape Cod) by introducing infected seed </li></ul>
  5. 5. Parasite / Host Interaction <ul><li>What happens when the oyster is infected with Dermo: </li></ul><ul><li>Oysters ingest cells infected with Dermo from water-column </li></ul><ul><li>In vivo, Dermo occurs as a unicellular trophozoite displacing the nucleus of cells appearing as signet ring (Perkins, 1996) </li></ul><ul><li>Cells are most commonly found in the gut, connective tissues, digestive glands, and the gill </li></ul><ul><li>As infection grows shellfish become emaciated, ceases growing, and eventually die </li></ul><ul><li>Oysters die releasing infected cells back into the water column to be filtered by neighboring oysters </li></ul>
  6. 6. Environmental Factors <ul><li>Since Dermo has been partially cultured since the 1960s, there is a wealth of information on physiological needs, life cycle stages, and growth characterisitics. (Ray, 1966) </li></ul><ul><li>For Dermo, temperature and salinity are known to be the dominant environmental variables dictating the suvival prevalence, intensity, and influence of the host parasite interaction (Soniat 1985; Soniat and Gauthier 1989; Chu and La Peyre 1993) </li></ul>
  7. 7. Temperature <ul><li>Dermo’s prevalence and intensity increases with increasing water temperature </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Abnormally warm winters have been shown to correlate with a greater proportion of overwintering cells (Makin, 1962; Quik and Mackin, 1971) </li></ul><ul><li>Wellfleet Temp: June, July, August, and September > 20 c (Mass DMF, 1972) </li></ul>Temperature Dermo Response 0 ° C Infections decline 15-19.9 ° C Infections decline 20 ° C Threshold 20.1-24.9 ° C Intensifies / Mortality 25 ° C + Rapid multiplication / MM
  8. 8. Salinity <ul><li>Dermo increases in prevalence and intensity as salinity (ppt) increases </li></ul><ul><li>9 ppt or < infections remain low (Mackin, 1956; Scott et. al 1985) </li></ul><ul><li>12 ppt is required for full epizootics (Ewart and Ford, 1993) </li></ul><ul><li>15 ppt have high intensity of infections and mortality (Mackin, 1956) </li></ul><ul><li>Wellfleet salinity: 28-34 ppt, Herring River 18-33 ppt </li></ul><ul><li>(Mass DMF, 1972) </li></ul>
  9. 9. Seasonal Cycles <ul><li>Intensity and persistence of Dermo exhibits seasonal cycles. Increases throughout summer and a peak in late summer /early fall coinciding with the seasonal fluctuations in temperature. Mortalities are usually seen in late summer early fall (Ford and Tripp, 1996). </li></ul>
  10. 10. Other influences on Dermo infections <ul><li>Density </li></ul><ul><li>Stress </li></ul><ul><li>Age </li></ul>
  11. 11. Testing for Dermo <ul><li>Ray’s Fluid Thioglcollate Media Assay- 1952 </li></ul><ul><li>Gold standard due to sensitivity, speed, and expense </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Shuck oyster + cut slice from mantle/ and end organ of digestive tract </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Place in RFTM media for 5-10 days </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Media causes trophozoites to form sporangia and enlarge, forming thick walled hypnospores that don’t replicate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Slice tissue even thinner and stain with iodine. Place under microscope and observe. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Perkinsus visible as perfect spheres stained black </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Slide of Infected Oyster <ul><li>Perkinsus spores stained with lugols solution </li></ul>Mackin Scale 0 1 2 3 4 5 Uninfected --------Heavy infection Light infections (1 or 2) seen microscopically, counting spores 3 visible to naked eye Heavier infections (4 and 5), majority of tissue will appear blue black in color (Mackin, 1952; Markey, 2007)
  13. 13. Dermo in Wellfleet Harbor <ul><li>Dermo first appeared in Wellfleet around the same time as MSX. Mid to late 70sish. (Anonymous, pers com) </li></ul><ul><li>It is generally accepted that cold conditions reduce the impact of, and unless there is extensive global climate warming, these northern extensions are not likely to remain (Eastern Biological Review Team, 2007) </li></ul>(Ewart and Ford, 1993)
  14. 14. Future of Dermo in Wellfleet Harbor/ Solutions? <ul><li>As global warming increases so will temperature optimizing conditions for a Dermo outbreak </li></ul><ul><li>Reducing the (3 in.) legal limit for aquaculture raised animals will reduce numbers of susceptible animals </li></ul><ul><li>No cure for Dermo so removal of infected animals is the best management practice </li></ul><ul><li>Monitoring program? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>May-September </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>10 locations in harbor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>25 samples per location per month </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>$1 per sample plus labor (plus microscope) </li></ul></ul>$
  15. 15. Summary <ul><li>Dermo poses no health risk to humans </li></ul><ul><li>Years of research we know many things about Dermo (Temperature, Salinity, Seasonal Cycles) </li></ul><ul><li>If this warming trend continues we are likely to see more outbreaks of Dermo </li></ul><ul><li>There is no Dermo resistant strain, only Dermo tolerant </li></ul><ul><li>A monitoring program should be economically feasible if needed </li></ul>
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  17. 17. Thank You <ul><li>Dad, Mom, Bill and Alice, Barbara, Kate, Dale, Marta, Scotty, Clint, Sky, and Belding </li></ul>