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State Fish Pathologist

Phone: (907) ***-****  HQ Phone
Email: t***@***.gov
Local Address:  Juneau , Alaska , United States
Alaska Department of Fish and Game
550 W. 7Th Ave. Suite 1650
Anchorage , Alaska 99501
United States

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Bristol Bay News Articles | Fish Basket Coalition, 9 Feb 2014 [cached]
"I would say the risk right now for Alaska salmon is low," said Dr. Ted Meyers, a fish pathologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Meyers added that the state is in sort of a holding pattern, awaiting more information. The West Coast fishing industry was stunned last week when...
"I would say the risk right ..., 19 Oct 2011 [cached]
"I would say the risk right now for Alaska salmon is low," said Dr. Ted Meyers, a state fish pathologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
Meyers said he thinks the results need further review, and that the state is "sort of in a holding pattern," waiting for more information.
Fish and Game does not currently test for ISA, but Meyers said they could easily develop a method if it became necessary.
Meyers said ISA is a virus mainly impacts fish farms, and that since Alaska prohibits the importation of salmon for farming, there is less cause for concern here.
Press: The GreatLand, 10 Feb 2002 [cached]
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Ted Meyers, chief fish pathologist for Alaska's Department of Fish and Game, said that it is probably some species of luminescent bacteria from the ocean.
"There's really nothing else out there that would cause the fish to glow," he said.Meyers has never seen a sample of glowing salmon in the laboratory, but suggested that phosphorescent marine bacteria, possibly the common "vibrio," got onto the fish in the ocean and caught a ride with them up the Yukon River.
Presenter: Ted Meyers, ... [cached]
Presenter: Ted Meyers, Principal Pathologist, Alaska Department of Fish & Game
Ted Meyers, Fish and ..., 1 May 2012 [cached]
Ted Meyers, Fish and Game's chief fish pathologist, said no evidence has been found to indicate the condition is infectious from halibut to halibut, but he didn't completely rule it out.
"There's no protozoa, no bacteria, no apparent infectious agent," he said. "... But again, we don't know."
Meyers said Fish and Game hasn't received many reports of the condition from commercial fish processors -- just sport fishing.
"It makes me think that it might be fairly localized and may be a smaller number of fish that are just being more noticed because they are on a charter boat and people would like to keep those fish and can't or don't want to," he said.
Meyers said the condition looks like a vitamin E and selenium deficiency based on pathologies in other animals where that deficiency has occurred.
Meyers said the condition might also be caused or inflamed by interspecies competition for food, most likely with the arrowtooth flounder.
"So conceivably this could be connected somehow to a nutritional deficiency if there's a tremendous amount of competition going on between these two species, especially in the earlier life stages, although we see mushy halibut in older fish as well as younger fish and there doesn't seem to be a difference between male or female," he said.
Meyers said fishermen have been finding more crustaceans in the stomachs of the mushy halibut than their usual diet of forage fish.
"One would always think crab would be pretty nutritious but maybe it is not for halibut -- I don't know," he said.
If the cause of mushy halibut syndrome is indeed nutritional, it would not be an easy fix, Meyers said.
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