UPDATE: Fishing ban at Danson Lake due to end in mid-September, says fishing authority
PUBLISHED: 10:15 29 August 2017
Fishing was banned at the end of July
A fish-killing virus is continuing to prevent anglers from visiting Danson Lake a month after it was first detected.
On July 28, the council was told to close the lake to fishing after Koi Herpesvirus (KHV) was discovered.
Since the discovery, around 250 carp have died, with some of the carcasses sent to the Environment Agency for analysis.
Last week the council warned fishing was on hold for the “foreseeable future”, but a Fish Health Inspectorate spokesperson told us: “The mortality has come to an end at the lake and the park operators plan to keep the water closed to angling until mid-September to allow the lake to recover and settle down.”
Boats are still able to use the lake, but with the lake is now under a Confirmed Designation order, meaning controls must be put in place to prevent spreading the disease.
Due to the order, which could remain in force for up to four years, all crafts leaving the water must now go through supervised disinfection at the on-site jetty to prevent the virus being spread.
A spokesperson from the FHI added: “Control measures will include movement restrictions, biosecurity measures for visiting anglers and boat users, public display boards and public notification via www.gov.uk.”
Fish carcasses have been sent for incineration, with the council warning the public to avoid any contact with the bodies, instead reporting any discoveries to the Watersports Centre at the boathouse.
A spokesperson from the council said: “KHV It is not harmful to animals or humans or other species of fish. It affects carp and can be transferred to other lakes through the mucus found on fish.
“Fishing will remain suspended at Danson Lake for the foreseeable future to allow recovery time for the fish and also to enable the council to develop suitable options for disinfection stations to be set up for anglers on the south bank of the lake, nearest to the fishing pegs.”
A spokesperson from the Environment Agency said: “Anglers should always practice ‘check, clean and dry’ for all of their fishing equipment, in order to prevent any disease or non-native organisms hitching a ride on their gear to other waters.”
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