Monday, May 12, 2008

Officials still worried about deadly fish virus

From our story by Ben Jones:

"One year has passed since an Ebola-like fish virus known as VHS was discovered in this watershed. Officials then called it a 'major fish health crisis.'

While the viral hemorrhagic septicemia virus hasn't caused many visible changes on Lake Winnebago, officials warn the full effect on fish populations might not be known for years.

In the meantime, officials are working to get fishermen and boaters to follow new rules aimed at halting the spread of a disease they can't see."

I spent part of a day on a ride along with DNR warden Mike Rader. It was a fun time...

Conservation warden Mike Rader of Wisconsin DNR observes people fishing near the Menasha Dam in Menasha, Wis., Saturday, May 3, 2008. Rader and other wardens are on patrol educating people on new rules regarding viral hemorrhagic septicemia (VHS), and looking for offenders.

Rader inspects the containers and catch of Bob Chin and Bill Igl, right, of Neenah, who were fishing near the Menasha Dam.

Rader talks with a boater at the boat landing at Recreation (Rec) Park in Neenah, Wis.
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