The Government’s tough new approach to dealing with Koi Herpes Virus (KHV) outbreaks was in evidence this week when a former leading match fishery diagnosed with the disease was advised to cull its entire stock.
Gwinear Pools, in Newquay, Cornwall, is a prolific match carp water with a record of 260lb, and has been an integral part of the Whiteacres Festival, attended by all the leading names from the UK match scene.
However, af ter weeks of problems with fish deaths and low match weights on Windsor Match Lake, the only one of its two waters affected, forward-thinking venue boss Charlie Nichol called in the Centre for Environment Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas). Officials from the body confirmed that the venue had been struck down by the deadly virus and advised him to destroy all the resident carp to prevent the likelihood of the disease spreading.
Once he has completed the gruesome task, Charlie will be putting together a step-by-step action plan to turn the fishery around, with a possible timescale of just a couple of months.
“The outcome of my meeting with Cefas was very positive. A cull is unfortunately the quickest and most efficient way of getting rid of the disease, and I’m going to drain and restock the Windsor Lake. It’s very early to say, but I might even split the Match Lake into two or three different pools – it’ll make the fishing fairer and reduce the risk of any future disease spreading,” said Charlie.
Late last week another fishery was officially diagnosed with KHV. Unfortunately, the owners of Shirkoak Farm in Ashford, Ken t, were unavailable for comment.