Collection and Health Certification of Coralgrouper Broodstock in the Mariana Islands
July 1, 2009
|Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands||$56,256||University of Guam||Hui Gong, Ph.D.|
- Contract with local fishers for a minimum of 20 live, adult or near adult Plectropomus leopardus and 20 live adult P. laevis caught from the local wild population.
- Test the resulting captive stocks of these two species for the two most common classes of grouper viruses: viral encephalopathy and retinopathy also known as Viral nervous necrosis (VER/VNN), and a group of four iridoviral diseases.
- Maintain these stocks in quarantine and monitor them for any other diseases for a six month period.