The Seattle Aquarium has been awarded $75000 grant from Boeing Company for study of sea star wasting disease. Sea star wasting syndrome was first reported from Olympic National Park in the summer of 2013. Seattle aquarium is collaborating with many institutions including Monterey Bay Aquarium, SeaDoc Society, Cornell University and US Geological Survey in an effort to understand the outbreak of sea star wasting disease. Occurrence of this disease is the largest one recorded in the history of mankind and its cause still remains unknown even today. Major objective of Seattle aquarium research project is to investigate the causes of wasting syndrome. It is learnt that research report will be disseminated to scientists, policy makers, government agencies, media houses and general public.
Research grant is offered to Seattle Aquarium by National Sciences Foundation. Some unconfirmed reports indicate that a water borne microorganism is behind sea star wasting disease. Abundant population of sea star is found along Pacific Coast of United States of America. Complete disappearing of sea star from some of the Pacific coastal areas surprise marine scientists. Experts correlate massive death of sea stars with adverse climate events such as El Nino. Multiple scientific institutions in North America approach sea star wasting disease issue from different angles.
Via [Seattle Times]