Lesions on smallmouth bass in the Susquehanna River have piqued the interest of a British researcher who recently discovered widespread skin cancer among wild marine trout.
Michael Sweet, a professor at Newcastle University, contacted the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission after Dr. William Yingling, a retired Freeburg physician, sent photos of lesion-plagued bass taken from the Susquehanna.
“I sent him pictures of the Susquehanna smallmouth because they looked so similar to the sea trout that his group found,” Yingling said. “He was very interested and wanted to get access to some samples of the smallmouth for further testing and to include them in his studies.”
Sweet’s description of the diseased trout he found had striking similarities to smallmouth bass from the Susquehanna River. He identified widespread skin cancer for the first time in wild marine trout populations.
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