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Taking the Pulse of Marine Life in Stressed Seas

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Image of a crab walking on a specially built treadmill while its vital signs are monitored.

The Atlantic blue crab fishery, which is economically important to Gulf Coast states and East Coast states are currently in decline. The annual trade deficit in all seafood products exceeds $10 million.

Credit: Burnett Laboratory, College of Charleston


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Karen and Louis Burnett explain how and why they are researching the responses of crustaceans to environmental stresses.

Credit: National Science Foundation

 

Image of Pacific white shrimp.

Pacific white shrimp. The shrimp aquaculture industry and wild shrimp fisheries are in decline in the United States. Eighty-five percent of shrimp consumed in the U.S. is imported, mostly from Asia and Central America. China has invested heavily in research on disease and disease resistance in crustaceans, but the U.S. has invested almost nothing in this area.

Credit: Burnett Laboratory, College of Charleston


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