Carp virus closes Manea Pits - anglers who bought licence to fish there offered 75 per cent refund of their annual licence fee

PUBLISHED: 11:53 25 October 2016 | UPDATED: 11:53 25 October 2016

Manea Pit. Picture: Steve Williams.

Manea Pit. Picture: Steve Williams.


Members of a carp syndicate have been offered a 75 per cent refund of their annual fees after the temporary closure of Manea Pit following the outbreak of a disease.

Manea Pit. Picture: Steve Williams.Manea Pit. Picture: Steve Williams.

In August it was reported that 18 carp had been washed up dead and it has now been confirmed there has been an outbreak of Koi Herpes Virus (KHV) disease.

Confirmation was given to the parish council by the Environment Agency and the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science.

Councillors were told that in cases where a fishing lake has suffered KHV there should be no movement of fish into or out of the water for four years. Signs warning anglers have now been erected at the site and the management committee of the pits has decided there should be no fishing there until at least next April.

Parish council minutes confirm disquiet over the running of the pit and one councillor suggested at some stage councillors might want to assess the role and value of the pit committee.

Earlier in the year a row broke over the proposal for an otter fence around the pit to protect around £90,000 worth of carp previously stocked there.

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