Dermo is one of the two major diseases that affect the Eastern Oyster- Crassostrea Virginica. It along with MSX have been plagues to the population. This article on Dermo and how it is more active in oysters who have less oxygen is taken from the Shorelines Blog that is maintained by the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. We find it noteworthy in that one of the conclusions and implications for oyster restoration is that high concentrated populations of oysters may be better able to withstand this pressure as they reduce the concentration of phytoplankton driving the phenomemon. The original article was posted by Kristen Minogue in September 2012. We have excerpted the photos and text from there.
|Oyster infected with dermo.|
|Technician Rebecca Burrell dissecting the oysters.|
|Dissolved Oyygen Oyster Mortality Tank|
|Map of Wellfleet Massachusetts|
Research being conducted in a propagation zone in Wellfleet Massachusetts is actually demonstrating those water quality improvements in a real life situation. We hope to be adding a post with more details on that in the very near future.