Diseases of Aquatic Organisms
Lobsters are prized by commercial and recreational fishermen worldwide, and their populations are therefore buffeted by fishery practices. But lobsters also remain integral members of their benthic communities where predator-prey relationships, competitive interactions, and host-pathogen dynamics push and pull at their population dynamics. Although lobsters have few reported pathogens and parasites relative to other decapod crustaceans, the rise of diseases with consequences for lobster fisheries and aquaculture has spotlighted the importance of disease for lobster biology, population dynamics and ecology. Researchers, managers, and fishers thus increasingly recognize the need to understand lobster pathogens and parasites so they can be managed proactively and their impacts minimized where possible. At the 2011 International Conference and Workshop on Lobster Biology and Management a special session on lobster diseases was convened and this special issue of Diseases of Aquatic Organisms highlights those proceedings with a suite of articles focused on diseases discussed during that session.
Original Publication Citation
Behringer, D.C., Butler, M.J., & Stentiford, G.D. (2012). Disease effects on lobster fisheries, ecology, and culture: Overview of DAO Special 6. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, 100(2), 89-93. doi: 10.3354/dao02510
Behringer, Donald C.; Butler, Mark J. IV; and Stentiford, Grant D., "Disease Effects on Lobster Fisheries, Ecology, and Culture: Overview of DAO Special 6" (2011). Biological Sciences Faculty Publications. 60.