Ostland, Immunological mechanisms of intensively-reared warmwater and coolwater finfish

This project engages with the vital role vaccinations play in promoting aquatic animal health, a crucial factor in the successful rearing of economically significant fish species. Our investigation involved developing and evaluating various cost-effective methods of delivering immunologically protective antigens to finfish. 


  1. Develop a suite of reagents and assays that can be used to quantify the specific humoral and cellular immune responses of warmwater and coolwater finfish that could be used as indicators of healthy finfish immune systems and assess the efficacy of novel vaccines and methods of immunization
  2. Determine the immune response kinetics of hybrid striped bass and rainbow trout to S. iniae and A. hydrophilia
  3. Determine the effects of hatchery practices on immune functions of hybrid striped bass and rainbow trout
  4. Assess the immune response and cytokine gene expression of hybrid striped bass and rainbow trout to S. iniae following delivery by a novel method of mass immunization
  5. Transfer the tools and research findings from this project to the industry

Project Summary

Duration: 4 years
Funded Date: 10/01/2003
Funding level: $400,00
Location: California - CA, Idaho - ID, Washington - WA
Species: Hybrid striped bass, Rainbow trout
Topics: Immunology, Vaccination development, Vaccine delivery

University of Washington
School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences

Box 355020, Seattle, WA 98195
1122 NE Boat St, Seattle, WA 98105


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