SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will kill 3.2 million trout to stop the outbreak of a bacterial infection that’s threatening hatcheries, wildlife officials said Monday.
The trout, which are used to stock waterways for recreational fishing, are in two hatcheries in the Owens Valley in the eastern Sierra and one hatchery in the Mojave Desert city of Victorville, northeast of Los Angeles.
Fish at the hatcheries have been infected with Lactococcus garvieae, which is similar to streptococcus, wildlife officials said.
“We didn’t have any other choice at this point. Our treatments weren’t working,” said Jay Rowan, environmental program manager for the wildlife department’s hatcheries.
Killing the fish and disinfecting the facilities was “the best option we have available” to restore use of the hatcheries in the shortest amount of time, Rowan said.
Outbreaks have been reported in fresh and saltwater fish farms and shellfish hatcheries but also cattle and poultry farms around the world, according to a statement from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
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