Southeast Alaska Echinoderm Virus Survey, Feb 2017

Elliot and Mitch traveled to Ketchikan, Alaska to collect tissues samples from healthy sea star and sea cucumber population to screen for SSaDV. There are very few places in Southeast Alaska to collect echinoderms without having a boat or sea plane and Ketchikan is one of them. We received reports from this area of unhealthy sea cucumbers and took the opportunity to collect samples to test the presence or absence of SSaDV in these populations.