This story about VHS describes perfectly how difficult it is going to be to curb the problem of invasive species and disease in the Great Lakes because ultimately without public support all the regulations and laws in the world won’t stop this kind of disease spread.
Like the spread of Zebra Mussels and even HIV, it only takes a single carrier to infect another lake or person. Prevention, making sure that diseases like VHS don’t get into our waters seems to be the best solution and many communities are working on that—though again single communities, or in the case of the Great Lakes even a single state or country will not stop another state of country with lax laws from invasive species spreading.
We now live in a world where invasive species and disease move rapidly around the world and because of so many private and public interests, like the fishing industry, it’s going to be very difficult to find solutions to these problems without severely affecting various industries (like the bait industry in connection with VHS) and losing their cooperation with overtrick rules and regulations.
My point? We are living in a complicated environmentally fragile world where world cooperation is vital. And, we are a long way from that.
Green Bay Press-Gazette - Area anglers resist permanent controls for fish virus Sunset clause requested for proposal to fight VHS - A proposal to make permanent measures designed to control and prevent the spread of viral hemorrhagic septicemia, or VHS virus, drew concerns at a public hearing Monday night in Green Bay. The proposed rule, identical to the current emergency rule, affects anglers, boaters, bait dealers, fish dealers and commercial fishermen. (August 21, 2007) Green Bay Press-Gazette