This is not good, friends. Not good at all. Parasites in Yellowtail Flounder Could be Preventing Population Rebound

Yellowtail liver with Ichthyophonus granulomas. Photo courtesy of Dr. Roxanna Smolowitz.

Yellowtail liver with Ichthyophonus granulomas. Photo courtesy of Dr. Roxanna Smolowitz.

logoScientists at the Coonamessett Farm Foundation (CCF) in Massachusetts  are researching the effects of a fish-killing parasite recently  observed in Georges Bank yellowtail flounder populations. The organism, Ichthyophonus, progressively invades its host’s vital  organs, destroying their liver, kidneys, and heart. It generally  afflicts older fish in a stock, which are also the most important for  repopulation. continued