Officials at the
A number of sources have led the inspectors to believe that up to 200 live large carp – weighing between 20 and 60 lbs – may already be somewhere in Kent. It is not known from where the fish originate, or how they have come to be on the market now in such large numbers. Port officials have been warned to be on the look out for consignments of live fish entering the country over the Christmas period.
Anyone being offered large carp should check very carefully the source and health certification of the fish before they consider their purchase. Smuggled fish represent a significant risk of disease to indigenous fish. For example, smuggled fish have previously been found to be suffering from Spring Viraemia of Carp (SVC), a serious and fatal disease.
Potential buyers or others who are approached should contact the FHI, which is based at the Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science in
The Fish Health Inspectorate: 01305 206681
The Environment Agency: 0800 807060.
Notes to editors
1. The Fish Health Inspectorate (FHI) is dedicated to maintaining and improving fish and shellfish health in
2. Stopping the illegal importation of live freshwater fish into
3. The Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) is an internationally renowned scientific research and advisory establishment, based at
4. CEFAS undertakes work on fisheries management, environmental protection and aquaculture. It offers a wide range of research, advisory, consultancy, monitoring and training activities to government departments (UK and foreign, central and local), international agencies, commercial companies and aid organisations. For more details see www.cefas.co.uk/.
5. The Environment Agency has a wide range of information available about fish and their management. For more details about their work see www.environment-agency.gov.uk/subjects/fish/?version=1&lang=_e.