Why did I reblog this post?
Sea Star Wasting Syndrome is a phenomenon that catches the attention and interest of members of both scientific and non-scientific communities. Anyone who visits a tidal pool along the Oregon Coast and other West Coast states from Alaska to California has most likely seen this distressful condition.
This report about a Sea Star Wasting Syndrome symposium held recently at the OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, Oregon caught my attention because it illustrates how puzzling this high-mortality, wide-spread calamity has become for marine science experts. Until the cause of SSWS becomes clear, and a solution for the wide-spread problem is discovered, all who admire this keystone species will remain troubled by its plight.
As a member of the Oregon Master Naturalist Program, I am anxious to learn about the conclusions and outcomes that will be extracted from this consortium of experts. Their reports are expected to be published sometime in August.
August 6, 2014
Sea Star Wasting Syndrome is the topic of this article written in Yale360. It caught my attention with the suggestion that SSWT is occurring on both coasts of North America.
October 1, 2014
Tragic situation at Haystack Rock Tidal Pools