The committee recently had a presentation from a representative of CEFAS (Centre for Environment Fisheries and Aquaculture Science) to help our understanding in general of still water bio security and KHV in particular as we approach the summer months. Members will recall we closed some fisheries in late summer last year as a result of outbreaks of KHV at Fisheries within our region and introduced dip tank security at the stillwater fisheries we deemed to be “at risk”.
It is clear that members themselves are the best managers of the risk of infection of KHV to our stillwater fisheries that contain carp (crucians are thankfully unaffected by this disease). Can I remind members to please ensure your nets, sacks, slings and stink bags are thoroughly washed, ideally disinfected, and completely air dried so UV light can do its job and sterilise your kit. Exposure for just 5 minutes will kill the KHV bug even in overcast weather.
Taking account of what we have learnt the Committee have decided on our approach for this summer, which is multi-faceted:
Keep nets will be banned during the period 1 June to 30 September on all Stillwater fisheries except Holtwood. Whilst carp are not retained in keepnets the nets may be in contact with carp and of course not all non CAC, or day ticket fisheries ban carp being kept in keepnets.
We will be re establishing dips tanks on key fisheries: Hucklesbrook and Wedgehill. With regard to Spinnaker and Ibsley because there are several entrances it is impossible to provide effective dip tanks so we rely on members following the dry net policy (see Regulation 3.4). Where dip tanks are placed their use is mandatory.
Clear signage will be displayed at all fisheries.
I am sure you understand why the club is taking these steps to protect all of our fisheries. Koi herpes virus is a serious disease of carp and Cefas designated 30 new waters in 2018 including 3 waters in Hampshire. A list of all designated fisheries can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/prevent-fish-or-shellfish-diseases
If an outbreak occurred at Hucklesbrook for example, we could lose up to 80% of our carp stocks which just in purely financial terms would be devastating to the club let alone the loss of some well known and much loved fish. Also even if an outbreak of KHV only killed a small proportion of the carp replacing such large fish would prove difficult if not impossible.
Please take the time to read the attached leaflet and please to protect all of our fish and fisheries abide by all rules on the disinfection and use of nets on all of our fisheries.
If in doubt clean, check and most importantly DRY all nets, slings, cradles etc between each of your fishing sessions.