MORE INVASIVE PRUSSIAN CARP SEIZED

They pose a huge threat to our native fish stocks

Prussian carp pose a huge threat to our native fish stocks.

by Angling Times |

Another large shipment of invasive fish has been seized by CEFAS enforcement officers at Dover.

In what marks the second major haul of Prussian carp for 2022’s Operation Frederick, Fisheries Health Inspectorate staff found between 2,000kg and 2,600kg of fish, which also included mirror carp and bream, the latter as a probable bycatch.

While the fish were packed in ice and intended for the food trade, the Prussian carp were “very much alive” according to officers, owing to their incredible survival abilities. Able to interbreed with other cyprinids to create clones, they can also carry deadly carp diseases, making them a huge risk to fisheries.

“This seizure was possible due to intelligence,” said FHI Officer Josh Gray, adding that tip-offs from anglers were always welcome by phone (01305 206700) or email (fhi@cefas.co.uk).

Prussian carp pose a huge threat to our native fish stocks.
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