Project Details

Collection and Health Certification of Coralgrouper Broodstock in the Mariana Islands

July 1, 2009

LocationFundingInstitutionPrincipal Investigator(s)
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands $56,256 University of Guam Hui Gong, Ph.D.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Maintain these stocks in quarantine and monitor them for any other diseases for a six month period.