The Whirling Disease Initiative is a scientific research program dedicated to development of practical management solutions to maintain viable, self-sustaining wild trout fisheries in the presence of the whirling disease parasite.
More than 120 individual research investigations have been conducted since the Whirling Disease Initiative was established in 1997. The last new projects began in 2006 and concluded in 2009. In the early years of the Initiative, research focused on solving questions of basic biology. Between then and 2006 the focus shifted towards management applications and understanding fish population effects of the disease [more about research topics]. An extensive network of researchers at agencies and academic institutions across the country have been part of this research initiative, yielding vital information and management options to address whirling disease.
What have we learned? Read on to discover advancements in whirling disease research and management.