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Fish Virus Update: Proof of Bait Purchase

By Debra Myers     Jun 13, 2007 in Environment
Western, NY-- Fisherman now need proof of their purchase of live bait that they will be using in any of the lakes in New York state. Anyone caught without their proof of purchase will be fined up to $250.
"Viral hemorrhagic septicemia", or VHS, has been spreading through the Great Lakes and the lakes of New York State, as permafrog and I reported last month.
The Department of Environmental Conservation feels that this is the most productive way to help prevent the disease from having all bait fish tested before it is sold, and then requiring fisherman to have that receipt on them at all times.
Of course, this also means that the cost of testing the minnows and saw bellies is being passed on to the fisherman, and as well, there are fewer fisherman buying live bait.
"Ithaca resident Walter Magee had to pay almost four dollars a dozen for his bait – it’s more than he used to pay. He said, “They’re running out of bait shops around here, there's only one bait shop left.”
Quite a price to pay, but for those avid fisherman out there, the price and peace of mind that comes with the receipt will be well worth it!
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