White Acres gets all clear

The UK’s most popular fishing holiday destination is to return its lakes to their former glory with a big stocking of carp this year, after having restrictions lifted. 

White Acres in Cornwall was hit by Koi Herpes Virus (KHV) in 2008 and was placed under a Designated Area Order which banned the movement of live fish among their waters but the fishery is now set to introduce 1,000 of its common and mirror carp.

The Newquay complex told Angling Times it is delighted to be able to replenish some of its key lakes, having only been permitted to put in species such as F1s, barbel and chub in recent years. Fishery manager Clint Elliot said that the new carp, which range between 3lb and 15lb, will go in within the next six weeks:

“The bulk of the fish will go into Sycamore and Eery lakes to really boost the sport there, with a few in Pollawyn and Trelawney too. They’ve been growing on in our stock ponds ever since we were hit with the virus and this is the policy we will probably adopt from now on, stocking from our own ponds rather than buying fish in.
In order to stock the carp in Sycamore we’re going to drop the level and remove a lot of silverfish. We’ll also drop the Specimen Lake and take the bream, tench and F1s out of there. All these fish removed will go into Python, about 3,000lb, to make it a real mixed lake,” he said.

White Acres was initially given a four year Area Order by Cefas (Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science) but this was extended to five years after a re-occurrence of KHV was found in Eery Lake in 2009. It is one of the most high profile cases of the virus ever and Clint said he was relieved it was all now over. 

“It just goes to show that KHV doesn’t mean the end for a fishery. Even though we’ve got the complete all-clear we will still be careful by insisting anglers dry or dip their nets before fishing,” he said.