Wasted. What is happening to the sea stars of the NE Pacific Ocean?

Great overview and important information to know about sea star wasting. Chris

The Marine Detective

Last update: October 2016
Sea Star Wasting Syndrome summary: 

  • Has been raging since June 2013.
  • Unprecedented in both range, duration and number of species impacted – 20 species of sea star species since 2013 from Alaska to Mexico (local variation in intensity of the Syndrome and which species are impacted the worst)
  • A virus has been found in the sick sea stars but this virus has been around for at least 72 years (was isolated in preserved sea stars). Thereby, there is a stressor that is likely reducing the resistance of the sea stars to the virus. Increased temperature may be that stressor i.e. climate change could have an impact.
  • From my own observations at the site I am monitoring on NE Vancouver Island: Sunflower Stars are impacted the worst. Leather Stars may be more impacted than in other areas. Ochre Stars appear less impacted than in other areas.  I have seen less than 10…

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One Response to Wasted. What is happening to the sea stars of the NE Pacific Ocean?

  1. Agreed – excellent information

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