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Sea star wasting disease (SSWD), originally identified in 2013, is an epidemic impacting 20 species of sea stars along the west coast of North America. Two of the most impacted species, Pisaster ochraceus and Pycnopodia helianthoides are keystone species. The loss of these sea stars impacts oceanic life. Literature reviews were conducted from January to May 2022 to investigate the effect of SSWD on the food web of sea stars and decline of kelp. The apex predators of the ecosystem, P.doi:10.47611/jsrhs.v11i3.2908 fatcat:j2kzwc45pbhappdwtg6jih5nx4