The continuing spread of diseases such as Koi Herpes Virus (KHV), Carp Edema Virus (CEV) and Spring Viraemia of Carp (SVC) means 'biosecurity' is of paramount importance. The "Check, Clean, Dry" regieme not only protects against viral disease but will also prevent the spread of other fish parasites and 'non-native' aquatic plant and animal species.
Any damp or wet fishing tackle or gear is a huge risk (not just landing nets) so make sure all your gear is clean and completely, thoroughly dry before entering onto the fishery. Thorough drying, ideally in sunlight, is the best form of disinfection. Net dips alone cannot be relied upon due to contamination, dilution, exposure time and the fact that many items are never dipped; it is not just about nets but also slings, mats, stink bags and even potentially moisture in tubing or in braid !. Anything, infact, that has been in contact with fish or the water.
Protect the Fish - Make absolutely sure it is all DRY.
New 'Dip' Tank for Island Lake
In response to the increasing threat of these viral diseases we have installed a new disinfection or 'dip tank' along the path between the car park and the lake. Disinfection of all landing nets, unhooking mats, weigh slings and water buckets is compulsory for all anglers. (retainers, carp sacks and keep nets are not allowed on the Fishery.).
Equipment must be completely submerged in the solution of Virkon Aquatic for 5 minutes before proceeding onto the lake and single-use gloves are provided for this purpose.
Live camera's cover the dip tank and gateway with images and audio recorded so ensure you comply with this rule. Anyone found to have not disinfected all their gear in accordance with the dip tank instructions will be asked to leave and will be banned from all Theale Fisheries property for life.