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Oyster Herpes: Are warmer waters inviting mollusk std’s?

August 7, 2010


Male and female oysters release sperm and eggs into water (file photo). Photograph by Robert Sisson, National Geographic

I didn’t realize that oysters were so promiscuous but apparently the increase in ocean temps may be helping to spread a virulent strain of herpes that is killing large numbers of oysters in some regions of Europe. Scientists can only speculate that “global warming” could be the reason for up to 100% mortality rates in some oyster beds in France in the past few years. According to the National Geographic Daily News, “The virus has already killed between 20 to 100 percent of breeding Pacific oysters in some French beds in 2008, 2009, and 2010, according to the French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea (Ifremer).”

That’s significant.

And now, as of July, the virus has turned up in UK waters. This is devastating news when one considers that an entire oyster bed can be reduced by 80% in as little as a week by oyster herpes. Ouch! And I’m not talking about open sores here.

The good news is that scientists don’t feel there is much threat of the disease spreading to US oysters as the US doesn’t import oysters as a rule. The bad news, and sorry to be the bearer of it, is that if terrorists wanted to destroy a vital sector of our fishing industry, it appears it may not be very difficult.

But don’t let me give you any ideas.

Click here for National Geographic article.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. August 7, 2010 8:37 am

    Hey Rosie girl,
    Well you know the Bible tells us NOT to eat of the ‘bottom dwellers’…..who knows, one day it might be proven the Lord said that for a REASON, huh?
    Only a few years ago did I try lobster…it was good tasting, but……at the risk of catching STD’s, think I’ll pass…

  2. August 7, 2010 8:45 am

    hey lisa, good to see you! I didn’t know bottom dwellers were forbotten. does that apply to men too? haha

  3. August 7, 2010 8:52 am

    LOL!!! I’m sure it does!! hahahahaa

    Not sure what scripture it is in, but I remember some of it….I think split hooved animals were also forbidden, that would include Beef, Pork, Goat, Sheep…..or maybe they had to be prepared a certain way, with no blood?
    I always eat meat well done, can’t stand the sight of blood on my plate….YUCK!!!

  4. August 7, 2010 8:54 am

    Catfish would be another and I really love fried catfish on occasion….so I am in for it if I don’t change my ways!

  5. August 7, 2010 8:57 am

    I caught a nice sized Bass once as a kid and I was so proud of that catch. Went to clean it and found a nasty TAPE WORM wrapped around it’s insides!!!! Not sure HOW it got there, but my Dad took the opportunity to point out why we should NOT eat fish that clean the bottom of ponds, creeks, lakes, etc–even though it was a Bass, he said imagine if this fish could get a tapeworm, just think of what those that fed off the bottom must get!

  6. August 7, 2010 9:00 am

    I gotta run…mowing to do before it gets too hot….bbl 😉

  7. August 7, 2010 10:13 am

    lisa, sorry had to run errands. Don’t get heat stroke out there on your rider.

    I have a wedding to go to this affernoon. I was asked to bring the bread. I hope that doesn’t mean money. haha

  8. August 7, 2010 10:14 am

    yeah, around here we got walleye which I remember loving when I was in my younger days. We’d catch a bunch and have big fish fry parties. Wow, those were fun days. But now that I know how much mercury is in them bottom feeders, I’m reluctant to touch ’em. damn polluters. Where’s my gun? haha

  9. SwollenGoat permalink
    February 15, 2014 7:22 am

    Hey LisaInTx: the ‘lord’ also said you shouldnt wear cloth of two separate fibers…….I wonder what the ‘reason’ for that was? Might it be ‘the lord’ was really just a collection of bronze age goat herders expressing their broken moral code and flawed understanding of the natural world around them through the mouthpeice of an imaginary ‘god’?

    Nah………..couldnt be,eh?

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