Thousands of pounds has been raised from a Nash Tackle prize auction that could help spell the end of the KHV virus.
Anglers flooded the internet with donations as they earned the right to star in angling show Urban Banx with top carper Alan Blair, spend a day fishing with Paul Garner or Des Taylor, or visit Nash HQ.
The fund currently stands at more than £16,000 but anglers are still being called upon by the firm’s boss Kevin Nash to take part and donate to the research.
He told Angling Tines: “I would like say a big thank you to everyone who has dipped into their pockets to support our KHV appeal to finance a study to eradicate the disease.
“This is very important in protecting our future stocks of carp – we need to raise £20K, so please make your donations to the JustGiving page we created to get us to the target. We’re getting so close, and this work is so important, so please give our carp a proper Christmas present!”
The research is being undertaken by the University of East Anglia (UEA) who want to identify carp that have genes resistant to Koi Herpes Virus (KHV). The aim is to breed KHV-resistant carp.
Auctions for the prizes have all ended but any angler who donates £10 or more to the JustGiving page will be entered into a prize draw.
WInners will get the chance to visit Nash HQ for the day, meet Kevin and Alan Blair, and tour the design and development offices at the company’s Burnham premises and the new Nashbait production facility before being allowed to fish the exclusive Nash Office Lake.