An­glers heed pleas to do their bit to keep KHV off our lakes

Angling Times (UK) - - NEWS - TONY GRIGORJEVS Se­nior re­porter

FISHERIES na­tion­wide have thrown their sup­port be­hind an An­gling Times cam­paign to help pro­tect com­mer­cial fish stocks.

An­gling Times joined many UK waters in the fight to raise aware­ness about pre­vent­ing the spread of the deadly Koi Her­pes Virus (KHV), fol­low­ing re­cent out­breaks of the dis­ease at sev­eral pop­u­lar fisheries.

Re­search has sug­gested that it can be trans­ferred on keep­nets and land­ing nets that haven’t been ex­posed to sun­light and prop­erly dried out be­fore use.

This saw the launch of the An­gling Times ‘Nets In The Sun’ cam­paign, and bosses at sev­eral top com­mer­cials have now in­tro­duced new rules to help erad­i­cate the virus.

Devon’s Stafford Moor hasn’t ex­pe­ri­enced KHV and owner Joanne Coombes is de­ter­mined to keep it that way. She said: “An­glers must now dip all nets and stink bags and once they get to their peg, lay them out to dry. These are proven meth­ods of killing dis­eases that could oth­er­wise wreak havoc.

“We have in­vested thou­sands of pounds into the venue and we aren’t pre­pared to take any risks with our fish stocks. Ev­ery­body un­der­stands the need to put these mea­sures in place, and any­one caught on CCTV flout­ing the rules will be asked to leave.”

An­glers are also be­ing asked to dry their nets at home, and Pack­ing­ton Somers chief John Burchell be­lieves the mes­sage has got through loud and clear. He said: “We are stress­ing the need to ar­rive here with dry nets, and so far ev­ery­body has done so, which is great to see. We are con­sid­er­ing a stink bag ban as well.”

Lay nets out be­hind your peg un­til 10 min­utes be­fore the match starts.

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