Pennsylvania bans fish transports from Lake Erie
Published in the Toledo Blade on January 31, 2007
PITTSBURGH - The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission yesterday imposed a temporary ban on taking live fish out of the Lake Erie watershed.
The ban is designed to protect the health of the region's fishery by reducing the potential spread of fish diseases, said commission spokesman Dan Tredinnick.
Of particular concern is viral hemorrhagic septicemia, or VHS, a virus that has been detected in the Great Lakes system in the last several years.
The virus has been linked to fish kills and some fish believed to carry the virus are used as bait fish.
The virus poses no risk to humans but causes bleeding in fish.