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The Fishery Site

Theale Fisheries own site comprises of two mature lakes extending to almost 23 acres of water, set in 49 acres of secluded surroundings by the banks of the River Kennet in Berkshire. Most of the remaining land is mixed broadleaf woodland in various stages of development. Additionally we manage the fishing on Theale 2, an adjacent mature gravel pit of around 29 acres, which is the second syndicate on the complex.

Situated just to the South of Theale, 10 miles from Reading, we are only 2 miles from Junction 12 of the M4 and the national motorway network, and approximately half a mile from Theale Station, so have excellent transport links. There is a car park area immediately inside the main gate and just a short walk from the day ticket fishery.

Security is important to us so access is restricted to members, day ticket holders and authorised visitors only. All gates must be closed and locked immediately after entry or exit and the code numbers are regularly changed.

Koi Herpes Virus (KHV) is continuing to spread around the country; 2016 was a very bad year with 34 confirmed outbreaks including nearby in Surrey and at Bristol whilst 2017 saw a further 23 including two in Berkshire. A list of waters with recent outbreaks is available at www.gov.uk/government/news/outbreaks-of-koi-herpesvirus-khv-disease-in-2017.(link from here) Any remaining fish will potentially be carriers of the virus and so any of those waters are not safe.Unfortunately the Environment Agency have just reduced the 'disease controls' on affected sites from 5 years to 12 months so the full list of affected waters, including those from 2016, is effectively lost. This does not mean the disease is no longer a serious risk and it is still a 'notifiable' disease; if anything it means it poses an even greater risk as put simply it means the control of the disease has not and is not being effective (partly due to no compensation so no enforcement) so they are not going to waste resources on it. Generally a summer disease as outbreaks usually occur at water temperatures between 15c and 25c.

Spring Viraemia of Carp (SVC) is another serious 'notifiable' viral disease of all carps and other species including tench, pike, roach, rudd, crucians and wels catfish. 2017 saw an outbreak in Arden, Warwickshire. A very significant disease especially due to the range of species it effects; outbreaks usually occur as water temperature rises above 7c with maximum mortalities between 10c and 15c.

Carp Edema Virus (CEV) Also known as koi sleepy disease (KSD). The latest emerging carp only viral disease "CEV is now considered to be one of the most important viral pathogens of carp". First identified in the UK in 2012 and kept relatively un-reported in the fishery sector there have actually been ten confirmed fishery outbreaks since then including a significant mortality in the Greater London area in 2017. Worringly it has been seen to cause mortalities in the UK at all temperatures down to as low as 3c.

Due to the continuing spread of the above diseases 'biosecurity' is of paramount importance. The "Check, Clean, Dry" regieme not only protects against viral disease but will also prevent the spread of other fish parasites and 'non-native' aquatic plant and animal species.

Any damp or wet fishing tackle or gear is a huge risk (not just landing nets) so make sure all your gear is clean and completely, thoroughly dry before entering onto the fishery. Thorough drying, ideally in sunlight, is the best form of disinfection. Net dips cannot be relied upon due to contamination, dilution, exposure time and the fact that many items are never dipped; it is not just about nets but also retainers, slings, mats, stink bags and even potentially moisture in tubing or in braid !. Anything, infact, that has been in contact with fish or the water.

Protect the Fish - Make absolutely sure it is all DRY.

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