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"Most natural science classes at LSSU offer students as much hands-on experience (lab hours) as lecture hours, which ensures that the university experience prepares us for the real world careers, whether you work at a desk or out in the field, or both. There are endless advantages and opportunities available to LSSU students due to its location on an international border.

I found my career path on campus when my advisor posted a job for the Bi-national Public Advisory Council (BPAC), a group dedicated to and overseeing the clean-up the St. Mary's River. I was able to gain experience and network on both sides of the border, ultimately finding full-time employment before I graduated with my biology degree."

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Programs > Fish Health

The Bachelor of Science degree in Fish Health prepares students for assessment of aquatic animal health in areas of bacterial, viral and parasitic diseases. The degree requirements cover content in fish ecology, physiology and hatchery culture, including diseases caused by environmental stress (e.g. gas bubble disease or issues with low dissolved oxygen), as well as those caused by nutritional and mineral deficiencies. In addition, the program includes background in the microbial, viral and parasitic vectors of disease as well as the ecology of disease transmission. The program satisfies the academic requirements for American Fisheries Society (AFS) Fish Pathologists. The Fish Health degree combines coursework from our Medical Lab Science and Fisheries and Wildlife Management programs providing a strong foundation in fisheries and fish culture as well as microbiology, pathology, histology, and virology.  The coursework satisfies the educational requirements for certification from the American Fisheries Society’s Fish Health Section.  Students enrolled in the fish health program will complete an internship at LSSU’s Aquatic Research Laboratory’s Fish Health Lab to gain hands-on experience diagnosing fish pathogens.  As a Fish Health major you will have access to research projects and equipment normally available only to faculty and graduate students

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"A new fish health laboratory will enable Lake Superior State to share that responsibility, giving hands-on experience to candidates for the new degree. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources also supports the new degree program. It will benefit fisheries and wildlife students as well as those planning to attend veterinary school."

- USA Today
February 3, 2009

Fish Health Importance to the Great Lakes
  • Recent fish disease outbreaks led to new regulations on bait fish and transporting fish for several states around the Great Lakes, including Michigan
  • Michigan temporarily halted stocking some species (e.g., walleye and northern pike) because of Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia (VHS)
  • Pacific salmon mortalities recorded due to Bacterial Kidney Disease (BKD)
  • Early Mortality Syndrome (EMS) is seen as an impediment to natural reproduction of lake trout and other species
  • Fish Health affects hatchery and wild populations of game and non-game fishes
  • Diseases responsible for major fish kills in Great Lakes and inland waters of Michigan (and other states)
  • New diseases (and newly discovered diseases) linked to fish kills and limit survival of native and introduced fishes

 

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