Are Your Carp Healthy?

I Certainly Hope So! We spend a great deal of time of time, effort and money to ensure that our fish are healthy and would never send anything out that we weren't a 100% happy with.

We have strict bio-security controls on our fish farm to ensure that the fish we produce are healthy and strong when we deliver them to you. We have a huge amount of fish at the farm and one of the easiest ways to infect them would be by introducing infected fish there. We get around this by completely banning any stock introductions that haven't come from our own hatchery. The only fish taken onto the farm are tiny fry, the sort of size where you carry 100,000 in a bucket, which are grown in our hatchery each spring. No other fish are ever taken onto the farm to avoid the possibility of unwittingly introducing a parasite or other pathogen. Even the brood fish are kept elsewhere.

All the equipment we use to harvest and grade fish is dedicated to the farm and never used anywhere else, even the staff have separate waders and clothing for use on the farm and another set for work elsewhere. The farm is organised so that each pond is drained down, limed and cultivated regularly to eradicate any risk of disease or parasite carry over between ponds or between crops of fish. We do not allow any fishermen onto the farm to ensure that no parasites are introduced from their nets or other kit.

By ensuring that the fry taken onto the farm are completely healthy and then ensuring that nothing else, neither fish, equipment or un necessary people, are ever allowed onto the farm whilst they are growing, we reduce the risk of ever contracting serious health problems. This is called Bio security and it works.

Fish Health Testing and Checks

There is no point in going to all the trouble of growing these fish for up to three years on the farm if they are not healthy when we come to sell them and so through the whole production process we keep a very close eye on a range of potential health issues. In addition to our own regular examinations, we employ an independent fish health specialist to examine our fish and provide us with a Fish Health Certificate. Currently the specialist we use is Ian Welby of the company Blueroof. Ian was formerly a Fish Health Scientist at the Environment Agency Fish Health Labs at Huntingdon. These Fish Health Certificates are lodged with The Environment Agency at Huntingdon and are used in the Section 30 Stocking consent process.

Viruses - The Big Killers

Spring viraemia of Carp (SVC)

Koi Herpes Virus (KHV)

They always say you should buy your fish from a reputable supplier. Sport and Leisure Fisheries is that reputable supplier!

All these fish are produced at one bio secure farm and can be subjected to the sort of de-tailed health monitoring and scrutiny by both ourselves and by third party Government Agencies that ensure we are selling healthy stock fish.

If you choose to buy from a dealer, or a ‘farm’ run by a dealer, who sources his fish from anywhere he can find them, there will have been none of this testing or scrutiny of his fish. You will have little or no control over where they have actually come from, regardless what the paperwork says. In effect you are playing then fishy version of Russian roulette, not just with the fish you actually buy but also with the fish already in your fishery that you are going to mix them up with!

Contrast this with buying from a dealer or a ‘farm’ run by a dealer (for which read holding ponds), who sources his fish from anywhere he can net them, brings them home, puts them all in the same ponds, accumulating and mixing up all sorts of health problems over time. There will be little scrutiny of his fish, each batch is quite different. Just because you had a good batch last year, doesn’t mean they will be good this time (they came from a completely different place). You will have little or no control over where they have actually come from, regardless what the paperwork says. In effect you are playing the fishy version of Russian roulette, not just with the fish you actually buy but also with the stock already in your fishery that you are proposing to mix these new fish up with!

For more information about the fish we supply at Sport & Leisure Fisheries, call us on 01952 5855002 or fill out our enquiry form on our Contact Us page.