Australia Plans To Release Khv Into Rivers

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Australia plans to release KHV into rivers
31st May 2018

By Sandra Pearce
 
Scientists are urging the Australian authorities to review a decision to introduce Koi Herpes Virus (KHV) into its rivers to deal with the common carp. 
 
In a letter published in the journal Science, the Belgian, English and Australian scientists said the measure will not only be ineffective but also represents a risk to ecosystems.
 
Initially introduced in Australia for production in fish farms, the common carp has gradually colonised the rivers to the point of dominating the indigenous species. The government has said it wants to release KHV, which is deadly to the species, into the rivers to combat the non-native.
 
On its Facebook page, global trade organisation Ornamental Fish International said: “This is a major concern and could cause untold damage on the environment. KHV is a disease of significance to the ornamental fish industry and should not be released into the natural environment.”