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Fish Virus Rules
(2007-06-14)
(wgvu) - Michigan officials have issued new rules
on movement of bait fish, designed to prevent the spread of a
deadly fish virus.
The Department of Natural Resources announced the regulations
today in Lansing.
They are targeted primarily at viral hemorrhagic septicemia, or
V-H-S, an invasive species that has caused massive fish kills in
lakes Ontario, Erie, Huron and St. Clair. It's also been spotted in
Lake Michigan and in Clare County's Budd Lake.
The rules take effect June 28th.
They set up a process for dealers to have their bait fish
certified as free of V-H-S.
Certified fish can be used anywhere in Michigan. Use of fish
that aren't certified may be restricted, depending on whether V-H-S
is present where they were caught.

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