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Great Lakes fish hauling stopped to combat virus

US - Transport of live fish among the Great Lakes states and their importation here from the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec - an industry valued at tens of millions of dollars annually - came to a screeching halt this week with a federal order aimed at preventing the spread of a virus that kills fish.

The order, issued by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, caught Great Lakes state fisheries authorities by surprise when it went into effect Tuesday.

Briefings for industry representatives and fisheries agencies personnel on the order are set for two days next week in Washington.

Viral hemorrhagic septicemia does not affect humans. The federal order doesn't affect commercial sales or consumption of processed fish, such as yellow perch or walleye.

Source: Toledo Blade

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