Vermont fish stocking will change to fight disease

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The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is changing the way it manages its fish hatcheries to fight the spread of a deadly fish disease.

Officials say that viral hemorrhagic septicemia has not been found in Vermont, but Lake Champlain is at high risk for being infected.

So Vermont will no longer stock fish raised at the fish hatchery in Grand Isle because it gets its water from Lake Champlain. Fish raised there will only be stocked in the lake.

The disease, known as VHS, was first detected in Lake Ontario in 2005 and spread throughout the Great Lakes. It can cause massive die-offs of more than 30 fish species.

Vermont is planning to stock fish in the rest of the state that are raised in other hatcheries.

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