Killing carp in Australia may open the way for virus that affects farmed fish...

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Killing carp in Australia may open the way for virus that affects farmed fish...

May 08, 2018 - 09:08

Another group speaks out against the release of KHV in Australia to control invasive carp.

A decision to release the virus in Australia is due at the end of the year, once the National Carp Control Plan is delivered to the Federal Government...
Some anglers fear introduced redfin numbers would explode, eating native fish eggs and spreading the EHN [epizootic hematopoietic necrosis] virus, which infects native fish…
recreational fishing conservation group OzFish chief executive Craig Copeland said in a lot of locations certain species would not exist, so would need to be restocked...

Spreading the carp herpes virus provides a window for another virus (EHN) that affects native fish to spread.  If carp are removed, it will leave the environment open for introduced redfin perch numbers to explode.  Redfin perch would spread the virus......According to the NSW DPI website, "Epizootic Haematopoietic Necrosis Virus (EHNV) is an Australian iridovirus that is known to affect introduced wild populations of Redfin Perch and farmed Rainbow Trout.  EHNV also has the potential to negatively impact several native fish species of the Murray Darling Basin."

Source:  weeklytimesnow.com.au


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