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SVC detected in imported fish

Cefas
14 May 2010

Recent routine import checks have identified Spring viraemia of carp (SVC) virus in goldfish imported from a supplier in Beijing, China. The supplier was Beijing Heizhuanghu Fancy Fish, The East Street, Heizhuanghu Town, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China.

SVC has no implications for human health. It is nonetheless, a serious viral disease affecting common and ornamental carp, as well as a variety of other species including tench, roach, goldfish, pike and wels catfish.

The virus was found in a sample taken from imported fish that had died in transit. The Fish Health Inspectorate (FHI), based at Cefas, placed movement controls on, and took samples from, the single site that received fish from the SVC positive consignment. These samples also proved to be positive for SVC, and the remaining fish were humanely culled.

New Crimestoppers partnership to fight illegal importing activity

Cefas
13 May 2010

Cefas' Fish Health Inspectorate (FHI) has teamed up with a number of its most influential partners to sponsor a new initiative, with the crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers, that will target the illegal importation of fish and the theft of expensive angling equipment. The project will go live on 17 May 2010.

Crimestoppers operates a telephone number (0800 555 111) and website (www.crimestoppers-uk.org) to enable people to pass on information about crime anonymously. By providing complete anonymity it is hoped that the angling community will be encouraged to take more responsibility for their sport/business and report illegal activity.

The partnership includes many influential industry organisations, including the FHI, ECHO, the Angling Trust, Cemex, and the Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association (OATA).

Biggest ever seizure of carp at Dover

Cefas
03 March 2010

During the early hours of Friday, 26 February 2010, UK Border Agency officers at the Port of Dover, working in conjunction with the government's Fish Health Inspectorate (FHI), intercepted the largest ever consignment of live carp from France.

The 120 fish, weighing between 25 and 50lbs, were discovered in four pallet-sized containers supported by oxygen cylinders in the rear of a Volvo FH12 lorry.

The FHI, based at Cefas, advises that it is illegal to import live coldwater fish unless from an EU "approved" zone and accompanied by a movement document issued by an authorised veterinary inspector.

"Christmas dinner" carp seized at Dover

Cefas
20 January 2010

UK Border Agency Officers at the Port of Dover, working in conjunction with the government's Fish Health Inspectorate (FHI), seized live carp destined for Christmas menus on two occasions prior to Christmas 2009.

The Inspectorate, based at the Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science, advises that it is illegal to import live coldwater fish unless from an EU "approved" zone and accompanied by a movement document issued by an authorised veterinary inspector.

In both pre-Christmas incidents the carp were being transported by Eastern European nationals whose paperwork was not in order.

150 hours unpaid work for fish smuggler

Cefas
17 June 2008

Magistrates at Folkestone, Kent have sentenced a 48 year old unemployed man from Slade Green near Dartford to do one hundred and fifty hours unpaid work under a Community Order for illegally importing over half a tonne of live carp into the country from France, and for failing to notify the Centre for Environment Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) of the pending import. Mark William Saward was also ordered to pay £7,214.12 costs. Mr Saward had attempted to import 45 carp, each weighing between 24lbs and 35lbs - without the required fish health certification.

The smuggling offence was committed on 9th December 2007 and came to light as a result of HM Revenue and Customs activity at the Channel Tunnel terminal in Coquelles, France. They notified fish health inspectors at Cefas and officers from the Animal Health unit at Dover and Kent Police were also involved in dealing with the incident.

Smuggled carp seized at Eurotunnel port

Cefas
13 December 2007

Inspectors from the Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (Cefas) were called in to support HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) officers based at Coquelles, near Calais, France, when they stopped a consignment of fish at the Eurotunnel on 9 December.

As part of the operation the HMRC officers detained a van containing 45 live carp, each weighing between 20 and 35 pounds, which were being imported into Great Britain from France last Sunday afternoon.

Fish Health Inspectors (FHIs), based at Cefas, interviewed the driver on his arrival at Folkestone, Kent. He was found to be attempting to import live fish without any fish health certification, which is legally required under the Fish Health Regulations 1997.

Sturgeon seized in surveillance swoop

Cefas
14 June 2007

Fish Health Inspectors (FHI) from the Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (Cefas) have reported to the authorities two men for attempting to illegally import sturgeon into the UK without the required fish health certification.

Ten boxes containing more than 140 Diamond sturgeon (Acipenser gueldenstaedtii) were seized on Monday, 11 June, as a result of a surveillance operation. The men were observed unloading the boxes from a delivery vehicle to a waiting van at a car park near Ashford, Kent.

Maximum fine for fish smuggler

Cefas
03 April 2007

Magistrates at Folkestone, Kent, fined a 63-year-old retired man from West Kingdown, Sevenoaks on 30 March for illegally importing more than three-quarters of a tonne of live carp into the country from France. Graeme James Beith, who did not attend court, was fined the maximum amount of £5,000 and ordered to pay full costs totalling £6,690.

The offence took place in November 2006 at Dover. Mr Beith had attempted to import 64 carp, each weighing between 25 lbs and 43 lbs, without health certification. Fish health regulations require all imports of live fish to be accompanied by health certification.

Fish smuggler's appeal fails

Cefas
15 March 2007

An appeal against a fine of £3,500 imposed by magistrates in Folkstone, Kent, on a 53-year-old man from Thamesmead last December was dismissed at a Crown Court hearing at Ashford this week.

In August 2006 Anthony John Dovaston had attempted to import nearly 1 tonne of carp illegally from France without fish health certification. He appealed against the severity of the sentence.

Magistrates fine fish smuggler

Cefas
20 December 2006

Magistrates in Folkestone, Kent, imposed a fine and costs totalling almost £9,500 on a 53-year-old man from Thamesmead on 18 December for illegally importing nearly one tonne of live carp into the country from France.

The offence was committed in August by Anthony John Dovaston at Dover. He had attempted to import the carp without fish health certification.

Mr Dovaston was discovered by HM Customs and Excise officers, who called in Fish Health Inspectors from the Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (Cefas). Officers from the State Veterinary Service were also involved in dealing with the incident.

Officers stop fish imports at Kent port

Cefas
30 November 2006

Inspectors from the Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (Cefas) have reported to the authorities a man from Kent for importing 64 large live carp from France without correct fish health certification. The attempted movement took place at Dover docks during the early hours of Friday, 24 November 2006. This is the latest in a series of successful interceptions of live fish in recent months.

HM Customs officers stopped the man who had no health certificate for the fish, which is required under fish health regulations. In addition, the Fish Health Inspectorate (FHI), which is based at Cefas, had not been notified of an intention to import the fish. This is a legal requirement.

Tonne of live carp seized at Dover

Cefas
19 September 2006

Inspectors from the Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (Cefas) have reported to the authorities a man from Thamesmead in Kent for illegally importing a tonne of live carp into Great Britain.

This action is the result of HM Customs officers at Dover intercepting a hired van being used to transport fish from France earlier this month. State Veterinary Service (SVS) personnel assisted Customs officers in the operation.

Koi seized at Channel Tunnel

Cefas
20 May 2005

Inspectors from the Fish Health Inspectorate, an arm of the UK Government's Centre for Environment Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (Cefas), intercepted a consignment of live koi carp on 12 May. Five boxes of this popular species were found in a van bringing fish into England through the Channel Tunnel at Cheriton.

The driver, a dealer in ornamental fish, has been reported for illegally importing the koi. Enquiries are continuing. No further information can be released at this time.

Warning over live carp for sale

Cefas
21 December 2004

Officials at the UK's Fish Health Inspectorate (FHI) have received tip-offs that a substantial number of large carp, currently being offered for sale in the UK, could be smuggled into the country over the next two weeks. They may also have been illegally imported already.

A number of sources have led the inspectors to believe that up to 200 live large carp, weighing between 20 and 60 lbs, may already be somewhere in Kent. It is not known from where the fish originate, or how they have come to be on the market now in such large numbers. Port officials have been warned to be on the look out for consignments of live fish entering the country over the Christmas period.

Diagnostic hope for killer fish disease

Cefas
23 August 2004

A unique tool for detecting the koi herpesvirus (KHV), a deadly contagious viral disease found in carp, has been launched by Cefas Technology Limited (CTL). KHV is difficult to diagnose so the new biological tests offer real peace of mind for fish farmers, wholesalers and importers who want to check that existing or potentially new stocks are KHV-free.

There is no cure and currently no vaccine for KHV, but early detection can help prevent further spread to unaffected fish stocks. The only reliable method of detecting KHV is by using state-of-the-art molecular biological techniques. CTL is the first and only company in Europe commercially providing these techniques for the diagnosis of KHV.

Anglers to fund research into killer carp disease

Cefas
20 March 2004

The English Carp Heritage Organisation (ECHO) will present a cheque for £8,000 to the head of the Fish Health Inspectorate, Eric Hudson of the Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (Cefas), on 20 March 2004 at the National Carp Show, being held at the Five Lakes Hotel, near Colchester, Essex.

The ECHO funds are ear-marked for further research into the Koi herpes virus (KHV), a contagious disease affecting ornamental and common carp. Cefas intends to invest a potential £90,000 to develop diagnostic techniques for the disease. Scientists based at the Cefas laboratory in Weymouth first discovered KHV in imported Koi carp in Britain in 2000.