AGFC: Virus found in hatchery, not harmful to humans

AGFC: Virus found in hatchery, not harmful to humans
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

MAMMOTH SPRING, AR (KAIT) - A virus has been found in an Arkansas Game and Fish Commission fish hatchery.

The agency stated in a news release Friday that rainbow trout at the Jim Hinkle Spring River State Fish Hatchery tested positive for infectious pancreatic necrosis (IPN). The hatchery is located in Mammoth Spring.

IPN poses no risk to anglers or anyone who eats trout, and it is not transmittable to humans. However, it can be fatal to fingerling trout, according to the AGFC.

The presence of the virus happened during an annual fish health inspection at the hatchery.

AGFC states biologists will gather samples from the state's trailwaters to find out if IPN is in the wild.

Plans are in place to postpone or reduce trout stockings from the Spring River hatchery until the extent of the infection can be determined.

"We're looking at commercial vendors and other state hatchery systems to keep us up to speed," Chris Racey, AGFC chief of fisheries said as part of the news release. "This is just a bump in the road. Trout fishing in Arkansas will continue to be great."

The Spring River hatchery produces more than 1 million 11-inch rainbow trout annually, according to AGFC.

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