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Title: Any change to the VHS Issue?
Post by: Revtro on March 27, 2007, 05:24:22 PM
Anyone know if there have been any changes to the VHS laws regarding transporting live bass from the Canadian side of LSC and Erie to the US side?  A lot of people were thinking we'd have a resolution to this prior to ice-out.  Any news?
Title: Re: Any change to the VHS Issue?
Post by: LGMOUTH on March 27, 2007, 08:15:07 PM
From what I heard yesterday they are still working on it but nothing has been resolved yet.
Title: Re: Any change to the VHS Issue?
Post by: djkimmel on March 28, 2007, 10:23:10 PM
No change yet
Title: Re: Any change to the VHS Issue?
Post by: SODY on March 29, 2007, 08:10:57 PM
Did you guys witness this in any of the Muskies last season, I guess the spring was just Sad!!
Title: Re: Any change to the VHS Issue?
Post by: matt on April 29, 2007, 11:14:24 AM
One question,after fishing with a jig and craw today any special precautions i need to take with our lures?Such as just letting them dry before usage again on another lake?I can still resuse trailer craws over on another lake right?

Witnessing dead fish all over the place in belleville lake now has me worrying. :-\'
Title: Re: Any change to the VHS Issue?
Post by: 5alive on May 04, 2007, 02:02:45 PM
Federal order rescinds virus issue for tournaments
BASS action good news for anglers
By Bassmaster.com staff report - May 4, 2007

Federal officials have amended an order that prohibited the interstate and international transfer of live fish from states and provinces known to be infected with the deadly Viral hemorrhagic septicemia (VHS).

The area most affected by the amendment encompasses states and provinces surrounding the Great Lakes.

BASS took a leadership role in lobbying for the interests of recreational anglers, including those who compete in bass tournaments throughout the region.

The amendment was announced today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).

"The fact that APHIS took the extra steps to amend the current order, rather than go through the lengthy regulation development process, demonstrates their commitment to protecting our wild fish stocks, while also meeting the needs of the angling public. The folks at APHIS were truly a pleasure to work with," said Chris Horton, BASS Conservation director.

Horton said that BASS will play a key role in educating the public and anglers about the virus and ways to prevent its spread. At all BASS events in the Great Lakes region, Horton said that tournament officials will thoroughly brief anglers on the virus, as well as what they can do to help stop the spread. Horton added that BASS is also working to help secure additional funding for APHIS to continue their VHS research efforts and public outreach and education programs.

Viral hemorrhagic septicemia, also known as the VHS virus, is spreading at an alarming rate in the Great Lakes region of the United States and Canada. This often deadly virus can cause extensive hemorrhaging in several different species of fish, including bass. Large fish kills have already occurred, and more are likely to happen in the near future.

In an effort to stop the spread of the disease, and to protect the nation's aquaculture industry, the APHIS issued an emergency Federal order in November 2006 that prohibited the interstate and international transfer of live fish from states and provinces known to have the virus, basically the states and provinces surrounding the Great Lakes. Needless to say, tournaments on many northern waters had a new obstacle.

During a February trip to Washington, D.C., Horton was able to make contact with APHIS through the help of Aaron Hobbs of the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation.

"It just didn't make sense biologically," said Horton. "If a fish could swim across the boundary, then the virus was going to be on both sides as well. Stopping anglers from carrying live fish across the imaginary line wasn't going to solve the virus issue. Fortunately for us as anglers, the staff at APHIS agreed and wanted to work with us to resolve the issue."

Not long after the initial conversations with APHIS, Horton followed up with a letter to Secretary of Agriculture, Mike Johanns asking that the department make development of the new regulations concerning VHS a top priority.

"We were concerned that the new regulations that we were working on with APHIS, which would reduce impacts on tournaments, wouldn't be in place prior to the 2007 tournament season," said Horton. "The VHS regulations weren't a priority within the Agriculture department's administration and we wanted to change that. Apparently, our letter did some good."
 

Title: Re: Any change to the VHS Issue?
Post by: SethV on May 04, 2007, 02:27:01 PM
Sweet!!!  The VHS web page also has been updated with the new order:

http://www.aphis.usda.gov/newsroom/content/2007/05/vhsfedor.shtml
Title: Re: Any change to the VHS Issue?
Post by: Vic Cerabone on May 04, 2007, 04:48:13 PM
YES!  :)

Here are the new orders, right from the APHIS site.
  http://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_health/animal_dis_spec/aquaculture/downloads/vhs_fed_order_amended.pdf
Title: Re: Any change to the VHS Issue?
Post by: djkimmel on May 06, 2007, 11:14:59 PM
One question,after fishing with a jig and craw today any special precautions i need to take with our lures?Such as just letting them dry before usage again on another lake?I can still resuse trailer craws over on another lake right?

Witnessing dead fish all over the place in belleville lake now has me worrying. :-\'

Matt, if you are keeping pork lures in their preservative, I would think that would kill the virus, but I can ask the MDNR VHS contact next chance I get for an opinion.

Anything you can let completely dry out for more than a couple days should work along with the bleech water for anything applicable there. Just don't transfer live fish, or any volume of water, especially during the early season. Glad to see you are concerned.

As far as Belleville, it isn't that abnormal to have winter/spring fish kills to some degree. It is stressful for the fish at times. I would think that most of the fish you are seeing have been dead a while under the ice and floated up. If they look really fresh and/or if there are literally a lot more than a dozen of dead fish of one species or a larger number of multiple species, you should report to the MDNR just in case. I have an email address under links on the VHS page here (http://www.greatlakesbass.com/conservation/vhs.html) you can use. Be detailed if you do report.
Title: Re: Any change to the VHS Issue?
Post by: matt on May 07, 2007, 05:11:39 PM
Thanks djkimmel.