Keith Arthur’s

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Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

THIS has been a very dif­fi­cult early sum­mer for carp, with quite a few places suf­fer­ing fish losses.

Even The Glebe has been af­fected, a fish­ery I would put up as a model of bio-se­cu­rity. Owner Roy Mar­low takes ev­ery pre­cau­tion with his pre­cious fish, so when he tells me he has suf­fered fish kills I know how much it hurts him.

How­ever, if any­one ever won­dered why they have to pay for an En­vi­ron­ment Agency rod li­cence to fish in ‘pri­vate waters’, a com­plaint I have heard and read many, many times, Roy’s story may make them see why.

On dis­cov­er­ing 40 or so dead carp, all ap­par­ently spawn-bound, Roy called the EA. A fish­ery of­fi­cer who was on route to York­shire turned around and got back to The Glebe. He took wa­ter sam­ples and made ar­range­ments for sam­ples of fish to be sent to the EA fish lab­o­ra­tory for test­ing.

As the sam­ples were be­ing gath­ered a courier ar­rived to de­liver them, and then a CEFAS in­spec­tor ar­rived and did his work. Roy’s worst fears were con­firmed and KHV was di­ag­nosed. So, how was it trans­ferred to the Glebe?

Well, it could be that terns, herons, king­fish­ers and cor­morants can trans­mit the dis­ease in their drop­pings, even on their plumage or legs.

But Roy is in agree­ment with me that stink bags are a men­ace if not used cor­rectly. The idea is to keep the wet and smell on nets away from the car. Once home the nets must be re­moved and dried in fresh air. Wa­ter-borne dis­eases and or­gan­isms can’t live in the dry and will be killed.

Roy Mar­low – no-one looks af­ter their fish­ery bet­ter.

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