By: Associated Press
November 19, 2017
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) -- Scientists on the Georgia coast are documenting an affliction in shrimp known as black gill as part of an ongoing research project.
The University of Georgia's Skidaway Institute of Oceanography has been involved with the research for several years, and now scientists hope a new smart phone app yields more insight.
The app is aimed at getting shrimpers to report what they see while on the job.
The Savannah Morning News reports that the affliction is known as black gill because of a telltale dark coloration on shrimps' gills. The disease is caused by a microscopic parasite.
Marc Frischer, a professor at the Skidaway Institute, says that black gill could be one of many factors contributing to a decline in commercial shrimp fishing, but there are other factors as well.