A study is underway to find out about the impact of anglers moving between venues on the spread of fish diseases. The survey is being carried out by government agency CEFAS, who are hoping to shed light on the level of risk posed by anglers’ wet nets in particular. A CEFAS spokeswoman said:
“The information we receive could help safeguard fish, and the sport, in the future. We also hope to use the information to update our advice for anglers, to help them to protect fisheries from disease.”
The news comes as work is underway to introduce a new generation of nets to the angling world that could help dramatically cut the risk of anglers spreading fish killing bacteria via nets, under the BSafe™ banner. Importantly the BSafe™ technology, which has been proved to all but eradicate key bacterial fish killers within 24 hours, works while the net is still wet – the very situation which it’s believed harbours disease in their transfer between fisheries. The testing was overseen by CEFAS.
The CEFAS survey closed on 31st March, with the results due for publication in 2014.