ST. PAUL (AP) - There's a deadly virus spreading through the Great Lakes, causing large fish kills in the east. It even turned up in inland waters in Wisconsin last year.
The virus hasn't arrived in Minnesota yet. But if it shows up here in Lake Superior or the Mississippi River, state fisheries officials fear, it could spread to inland lakes with devastating consequences.
It's too bad Wisconsin is backing off on it's restrictions to control the spread of this virus. Sure the restrictions drive up the cost of minnows but what is the cost of the loss of large numbers of fish and what will it cost to replace them?
Even eminent chartered accountants are known, in their capacity as fishermen, blissfully to ignore differences between seven and ten inches, half a pound and two pounds, three fish and a dozen fish. ~ William Sherwood Fox, Silken Lines and Silver Hooks, 1954