Biosecurity is for ALL Koi Keepers!

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Biosecurity is for ALL Koi Keepers!

March 09, 2017 - 09:17

All Koi Keepers should know something about Biosecurity!  It's so important, that K.O.I. offers a special course in it, where you'll not just learn the basics of quarantine and disinfecting equipment, but we'll teach you exactly what you use and how to do it!  Learn more about our course #208 - Biosecurity, Quarantine and Record Keeping - CLICK HERE.  And read a few key points from fish vet Dr. Loh by clicking on the title or picture...

Fishkeepers should never rely only on the sellers’ disease-controls to protect their fishes from the risk of fish diseases. Biosecurity is everyone’s business — fishkeepers should have suitable biosecurity measures in place to protect their resident fish populations.

This is particularly pertinent for koi keepers, if/when the killer-KHV becomes endemic.

Biosecurity recommendations include:
+ Avoid mixing fish from unaffected and affected ponds
+ Any koi keeper whose population has been affected by KHV should maintain strict biosecurity measures, including not selling koi or other species sharing the same water body and equipment, to unaffected ponds.
+ Introduce visitor restrictions to prevent spread of KHV.
+ Koi keepers in unaffected areas should maintain strict biosecurity measures including no fish introductions from KHV-affected populations, cleaning and disinfection of second-hand equipment, visitor restrictions, etc.


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