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Occurrence of gas-bubble disease in three species of bivalve molluscs
Malouf, R.E.; Keck, R.; Maurer, D.; Epifanio, Ch. (1972). Occurrence of gas-bubble disease in three species of bivalve molluscs. J. Fish. Res. Bd. Can. 29(5): 588-589, figs.
In: Journal of the Fisheries Research Board of Canada. The Fisheries Research Board of Canada: Toronto. ISSN 0015-296x, more
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  • Malouf, R.E.
  • Keck, R.
  • Maurer, D.
  • Epifanio, Ch.

    Gas-bubble disease was observed in adult oysters and hard clams held in heated running sea water during the winter. Heating cold sea water in closed heat exchangers caused it to become supersaturated with atmospheric gases. Exposure of the animals to this water caused the formation of gas-filled conchiolin blisters on the valves of the oysters. Bubbles of gas were observed in the gill filaments of the oysters and clams and in the mantle tissue of the oysters. Any method, such as the use of baffles or an aerated head tank, that reduces the dissolved gas conc in the water will help prevent the disease.

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