Authorities Fear for Fish Disease Resurfacing
The Department of Animal Health and Field Services says there is a likelihood that a fish disease, Epizootic Ulcerative Syndrome (EUS) will resurface in the country during the cold season due to the natural makeup of the fungi that causes the disease, which has already dominated most water bodies in the country.
Deputy Director of Animal Health and Field Services, Gilson Njunga has told Zodiak that currently the disease is dormant due to the current weather conditions.
He says they are on alert in monitoring the disease by sensitizing fish farmers among other interventions as well as issuing a ban on fishing which might be triggered after the resurgence of the disease.
"We developed a contingency plan in place where the disease resurfaces, we will trigger the bans on fishing and its sale. We want to sensitize the masses on the disease, otherwise, if the disease resurfaces, it will be another big problem," said Njunga.
Fisheries Research Officer, responsible for fish diseases in the Department of Fisheries, Barnett Kaphuka has advised aquaculture farmers and capture fishermen to refrain from sharing fishing materials to avoid the spread of the disease.
"Fish farmers should use their own fishing materials and they should avoid borrowing each other to avoid the spread of the fungi that causes the disease," noted Kaphuka.
Recently, government banned the sale of fresh and dry fish from affecting districts like Mchinji.