If your recreational entertainment involves catching and fishing for carp at Lake Mojave, you best think of another hobby quick. Thousands of dead carp have been washing to shore since mid-May, and authorities have pinpointed the koi herpes virus as the likely dastardly culprit.
Nevada Division of Wildlife is warning anglers to avoid taking or handling carp until the massive die-off ends, even though they also state that the virus reportedly poses no threat to humans, and the lake is safe for water recreation activity.
It is not known how the virus was introduced to Lake Mojave and officials currently have no virus mitigation plan.
“There unfortunately isn’t much we can do. There is no vaccine. There is no cure,” says John Joberg, supervising fisheries biologist for the Nevada Division of Wildlife. He added that experts think the virus might run its course and die as the water temperature increases.
But, please…play it safe- don’t kiss the fish!