KHV Disease hits White Acres
So the KHV disease reaches White Acres in Cornwall. I have been reading a number of forums and there has been quite a stir on this subject, question raised include:
Should White Acres remain open?
Has the fishing been affected?
Is it fair to the fish?
Could White Acres have warned anglers / holidaymakers sooner on their website?
Could / should they close infected lakes?
Have White Acres been responsible?
Well, I’m not going to personally answer these questions as anglers have different opinions. What I would say is that there is no proven record of how this disease spreads, but there is a good indication that it is via:
- Untreated angling equipment (keepnets, landing nets, unhooking mats)
- Via birds, most probably cormorants or herons.
- By infected fish stocks – (No fish have been stocked into the fishing lakes from outside sources for very nearly five years)
Because there is no real proof of how this disease spreads, I feel we need to presume that it is carried by all the above, and maybe more. If diseases of this type are to be stopped, stricter rules need to be inforced!
So the main debate on certain forums is the question ‘Should White Acres remain open’. Both White Acres and CEFAS need to think in a responsible manner to the fish, angler and other fishery owners.
The question needs to be asked, is it fair on the fish. Rules are in place to protect the fish, for example bait restrictions, hook sizes, methods, maximum line strengths. So care is taken to look after the fish. But does it seem fair to let a fish in distress be caught, or potentially infect another fishery and spread disease, if there is any risk of this, surely procedures should be in place to close a fishery for a time period?
The Responsible Angler:
The main debate with White Acres is that it is not your ‘normal fishery’ its basically one of the most popular fisheries in the UK for fishing holidays and matches, so anglers from all corners of the UK come here. ‘IF’ KHV is spread via untreated nets and equipment , it is virtually impossible to stop this disease from spreading to all corners of the UK, as restrictions by White Acres may be in place, but the majority of anglers will not dip there nets on leaving the venue.
Would all other fisheries (including White Acres) be nervous of allowing an angler to use nets which have just come from an affected fishery.
There is one simple thought I have had? If they must remain open, why don’t they make it compulsory for all anglers to use nets & mats provided by White Acres? Or is this too simple to think of?
Surely Parkdean can afford to lend out landing nets, keep nets and unhooking mats to there travelling anglers, even during the credit crunch?
So please post your opinions, experiences below.