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Bonamia and other aquatic parasites of importance to New Zealand

Hine, P.M. and Jones, J.B.ORCID: 0000-0002-0773-2007 (1994) Bonamia and other aquatic parasites of importance to New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Zoology, 21 (1). pp. 49-56.

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The degree to which the parasites and diseases of New Zealand fish and shellfish have been studied reflects the commercial importance of the host concerned and the severity of infection. As New Zealand aquaculture is largely based on farmed bivalve molluscs and salmonids, most attention has been given to these groups. However, by far the most serious parasitic disease of bivalves, Bonamia sp. in flat oysters (Tiostrea chilensis), is primarily a problem in wild fisheries. The importance of Bonamia sp. is such that this review will deal largely with bonamiasis but will also mention other parasites of New Zealand fish and shellfish. Crustaceans have received very little attention, because only rock lobsters (Jasus edwardsii) support a substantial fishery, and there are no known parasitic diseases of this species. Marine fishes have been poorly surveyed for parasites, but the presence of Anisakis spp. larvae and cestode plerocercae in fillets are of increasing public health concern.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
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