Monday, May 28, 2007
VHS Virus is coming
So check out this stuff at http://dnr.wi.gov/fish/pages/vhs.html This virus is spreading and is pretty under the radar right now. On my travels in WI I have found that the fishermen and enviros there are in terror about this due to the fact that there is no action occuring and no awareness in the general population that this virus is out there and how dangerous it is. In fact today on MPR's Mid-Morning show I called in to ask about the disease during thier annual fishing show and the "expert" on the show had no idea what I was talking about, although the disease is all over the internet and even the New York Times. And I quote.....
VHS News Corner
Department of Agriculture Advisory [PDF, 108KB]
Bait Dealer's Permit - May 24, 2007
Disinfection protocol for people who work around VHS infected waters [PDF, 107KB]
Report fish kills to the DNR TIP line - 1-800-TIP-WDNR - (800) 847-9367
The Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia virus (VHSv) in Wisconsin
A deadly new fish virus that caused huge fish kills in several eastern Great Lakes in 2005 and 2006 is likely already in Lake Michigan and may be in Lake Superior and the Mississippi River. Its presence in northeastern Wisconsin's Little Lake Butte des Morts was announced May 12 by DNR and a special Natural Resources Board meeting was held on Thursday, May 17, 2007 to consider expanding emergency rules, in this area of Wisconsin, to prevent the spread of the disease. Additional sampling has also preliminarily confirmed the virus' presence in Lake Winnebago (DNR News Release - 5/18/2007 ). Map: Lake Winnebago System [PDF 41KB]. We need your help to ensure this virus doesn't spread to more inland lakes and rivers.