of fish into, out of and within a fishery in Cambridgeshire have
been restricted, following the confirmation of koi herpesvirus disease.
Cefas, acting on behalf of Defra, has issued a Confirmed
Designation prohibiting the movement of fish into, out of and
within the affected site. The affected fishery is Long Island
Lake, Earith, Cambridgeshire and the designation also includes
nearby Earith Carp Lakes.
Under the requirements of the designation both fisheries have
been directed to either, establish and maintain on-site facilities
for the disinfection of angling equipment at all access points or,
to provide anglers with nets, mats and slings for exclusive use on
the affected fisheries. Anglers must comply with these requirements.
Samples were taken from Long Island Lake following reported
deaths of fish.
Koi Herpesvirus disease affects all varieties of carp
(Cyprinus carpio), including common carp, mirror carp,
ghost carp and koi carp and can result in high rates of fish mortalities.
There are no implications for human health.
Koi herpesvirus disease is notifiable, any suspicion of its
presence should be immediately reported to:
The Centre for Environment, Fisheries and
Aquaculture Science (Cefas) in Weymouth
Tel: 01035 206700
Notes to editors:
CD 35/ 2009, issued under the Aquatic Animal Health (England and
Wales) Regulations 2009 restricts the movement of any live fish,
including their eggs and gametes, into, out of or within the
designated area without the prior written consent of the Fish
Health Inspectorate at Cefas.
The designated area is:
CD 35/ 2009 - Long Island Lake, Earith, Cambridgeshire and
includes nearby Earith Carp Lakes. The designated area has a
central national grid reference of TL39057591
Clinical signs of the disease may include white or necrotic
patches on the gills, rough patches on the skin, sloughing mucous
and sunken eyes. These signs usually appear when water
temperatures are between 16 and 28 degrees centigrade
Further information is available at www.efishbusiness.co.uk, or
from Cefas, Fish Health Inspectorate, Weymouth Laboratory, The
Nothe, Barrack Road, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 8UB. Tel: 01305 206700
or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Defra Press Office
Phone: 020 7238 6027