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This profile was last updated on 10/7/12  and contains information from public web pages.

Chief Pathologist

Local Address: Alaska, United States
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Background

Employment History

  • Chief Fish Pathologist
    Alaska Department of Fish and Game
  • State Fish Pathologist
    Alaska Department of Fish and Game
  • Chief Fish Pathologist
    Fish and Game
  • 2. Regional Compact Representative
    Great Lakes Fishery Commission
  • Chief Fish Pathologist
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I think some folks have been ...
www.krbd.org, 7 Oct 2012 [cached]
I think some folks have been a little bit overly concerned about it," says Ted Meyers, chief pathologist for Alaska's Department of Fish and Game.
If confirmed, he says the virus, found in two central British Columbia fish, needs to be watched, and understood.
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Pacific salmon are different, and Meyers says several thousand earlier tests by the British Columbia government showed no presence in wild fish.
But he warns this disease adapts.
"It's possible that some of these viruses could mutate to potentially affect Pacific salmon. But that would probably occur under situations where there's a selective pressure, like a hatchery situation or a pen farming situation or something of that nature," Meyers says.
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State pathologist Ted Meyers says it's common in Alaska sockeyes. It's adapted to live in Chinook, chums and steelhead down south. But in this state, it hasn't crossed those boundaries.
"We're always concerned about this virus potentially mutating and being able to affect other species. But so far our hatcheries have been following a sockeye salmon culture procedure, which really mitigates or reduces the risk from this virus," Meyers says.
He says the hatchery procedure has been in place for close to 30 years and it's been successful.
"I would say the risk right ...
fishbasket.org, 14 Dec 2011 [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...
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www.anchoragepress.com, 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.
"I would say the risk right ...
www.ktuu.com, 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.
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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.
Ted Meyers, Fish and ...
peninsulaclarion.com, 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.
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Meyers said the condition looks like a vitamin E and selenium deficiency based on pathologies in other animals where that deficiency has occurred.
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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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