a reason for all the dead carp

so, as I mentioned a few weeks ago, I went sailing on Kent Lake (here’s the video) at Kensington Metropark near Brighton, Michigan.  the plethora of weeds was frustrating for sure, but the odor and sight of dead fish floating by certainly didn’t help my opinion of the lake that day.  I had figured they were dead carp, but didn’t inspect one close enough to actually verify it – and wasn’t sure what would cause so many carp to die off at once.


apparently, it’s a a disease that is killing the carp: “spring viremia of carp — which causes infected fish to become extremely lethargic”.  there is an article about it in the Livingston Daily: “Fish die-off hits area waters“.

Up to 500 carp died over the weekend at Kensington Metropark’s Kent Lake and portions of the Huron River, likely due to a virus called spring viremia of carp, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

my brother suggested that the government should find a way to distribute the spring viremia to all the Asian carp that are infesting the rivers, and threatening to reach the Great Lakes.  killing them off with this spring viremia might be a more effective form of control than the Asian Carp Control Program (ACCP).

Asian Carp Control Program (ACCP)




1 Response to “a reason for all the dead carp”

  1. 1 Carp Fishing UK December 1, 2011 at 5:54 am

    I think spring viremia is only one of many different virus that may be able to eradicate your Asian carp population. In the UK a number of carp fishing laeks (not Asians) have been decimated by a variety of diseases. Maybe there one of the viruses can be used effectively without harming other native species? Food for thought!

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