Undercurrents: beneath the obvious

January 8, 2007

Ontario limits use of live bait fish to curb spread of fish virus

Filed under: Canada,Great Lakes News,Invasive Species — nemo @ 8:38 pm

From mlive.com comes this news item on steps Ontario is taking to prevent the spread of viral hemorrhagic septicemia:

Ontario is putting restrictions on live bait fish in an effort to stop a new fish virus from spreading to central and northern areas of the province.

Viral hemorrhagic septicemia has been discovered in fish from the lower Great Lakes. The disease isn’t a threat to human health, but it has been linked to the die-offs of at least four species of fish.

Waters known to be infected with the virus include Lake St. Clair, Lake Erie, the Niagara River, Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.

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