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CORPORATE INTEREST IN ECHO

FOLLOWING COVERAGE OF ECHOS RECENT ACHIEVEMENTS, NUMEROUS ENQUIRIES HAVE BEEN MADE TO THE ECHO OFFICE EXPRESSING THE DESIRE TO HELP US IN OUR WORK. BELOW IS A BRIEF LIST OF AREAS WHERE YOU CAN SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR THE ORGANISATION.

-THE ECHO CORPORATE SPONSOR SCHEME IS OPEN TO ANY BUSINESS (RETAILER/FISHERY ETC) INVOLVED IN THE ANGLING TRADE.

CORPORATE SPONSOR TO DONATE ANNUALLY TO ECHO (2004-2005 MINIMUM DONATION £50)

SPONSOR TO RECEIVE ENTITLEMENTS AS PER INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIP PLUS;
2 x A4 LAMINATED CERTIFICATES FOR DISPLAY (ISSUED ANNUALLY)
2 x WINDOW STICKERS
1 x LOGO INSERT IN ECHOES MAGAZINE
LINK TO ECHO WEBSITE

-OTHER WAYS THE ORGANISATION REQUIRES HELP VARY FROM PRINTING AND STATIONARY REQUIREMENTS, POSTAGE COSTS, OFFICE PRODUCTS,VENUES FOR MEETINGS, MEDIA EXPOSURE ETC. ANY IDEAS ARE MOST WELCOME IN THESE AND ANY OTHER RELATED AREAS.

-ECHO MEMBERSHIP OUTLETS. ECHO RELIES ON MEMBERSHIP LEVELS TO ILLUSTRATE THE TRUE STRENGTH OF FEELING AT GOVERNMENT LEVEL. LEGISLATIVE CHANGE IS ONLY POSSIBLE IF THIS SUPPORT IS DEMONSTRATED. THE OUTLET SCHEME IS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE AT YATELEY ANGLING CENTRE AND THE TACKLE BOX BUT THE ORGANISATION IS KEEN TO EXTEND THIS TO 20 OUTLETS NATIONWIDE. FOR FURTHER DETAILS PLEASE CONTACT THE GENERAL SECRETARY

-PRODUCT SALES COMMISSION IS AN INTERESTING NEW DEVELOPMENT FOR SPONSORSHIP-CARP TECH DONATE £100 TO ECHO FOR EVERY 1000 “REALTREE” BUCKETS THEY SELL AND TO RECOGNISE THIS THE ECHO BADGE APPEARS DISCREETLY ON THE PRODUCT. WE ARE CURRENTLY IN DISCUSSION WITH OTHER MANUFACTURERS CONCERNING THIS TYPE OF SUPPORT. PLEASE DIRECT ENQUIRIES FOR ALL OF THE ABOVE TO ECHO GENERAL SECRETARY, RUTH LOCKWOOD.

-DONATIONS TO THE ECHO RESEARCH FUND. ALL MONETARY DONATIONS RECEIVED FROM THE TRADE, OVER AND ABOVE CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP FEES ARE CURRENTLY DIRECTED TO FUND RESEARCH INTO MODERN CARP DISEASE. DONATIONS ARE WELCOME BOTH PUBLICLY AND ANONOMOUSLY. FOR ALL PLEDGES CONTACT ECHO RESEARCH FUND MANAGERS, VIV SHEARS/MICK BARNES.

-GOODS IN KIND. AS WITH ALL VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS ECHO RELIES HEAVILY ON RAFFLES AND AUCTIONS FOR ESSENTIAL REVENUE. ANY DONATIONS, PARTICULARLY SUPPORT IN THE FORM OF “GOODIE BAG” VOUCHERS ARE MOST WELCOME BY ECHO
EVENTS ORGANISER, STEVE MARCH.

ALL ASSISTANCE IS WELCOMED AND APPRECIATED

YOUR SUPPORT, MAKING A DIFFERENCE


ECHO secures £12,700 from the EA to further research into SCMS

ECHO is pleased to announce that after discussions with the Environment Agency that it has secured some £12,700 from EA funds to lead a new project studying Spring Carp Mortality Syndrome (SCMS) this September. The cheque was presented to Ian Chillcott and Viv Shears of the English Carp Heritage Organisation (ECHO) on the 21 st March at the ‘Carp Show’ in Colchester by Phil Bolton, the EA’s Principal Fisheries Officer in Thames Region and one of the original members of the EA team involved in investigating SCMS in 1998/ 99.

To date the specific pathogen involved in SCMS has yet to be identified although due to considerable circumstantial evidence gathered so far, both the EA and ECHO believe it to be an infectious agent of some description. The purpose of this study is to follow up on the previous EA and CEFAS investigations into this syndrome.

This collaborative project, between the EA and ECHO, will focus on the development of a new methodology to screen fish affected by SCMS for viruses using genetic science techniques. It is hoped that the causative agent/s will be identified and that further refinement of this technique will ultimately enable new fish health screening practises. Sampling and diagnostic work is expected to be carried out at the EA’s Brampton Fish Laboratory and at the CEFAS laboratory in Weymouth where a full time research student will be employed.

Phil Bolton commented on the project saying “I hope this is the start of a strong professional working relationship between the Environment Agency and ECHO and that it leads to a better understanding of SCMS and better protection of our carp fisheries.”

Nigel Hewlett, Senior Fisheries Scientist at the Agency National Fisheries Laboratory, said, “ Carp fishing is the most popular form of Angling in the UK . Understanding this syndrome will enable the Agency, along with its partners such as ECHO, to give better advice to fishery owners to ensuring a sustainable future for this sport.”

Viv Shears, ECHO Vice chairman, commented “ This collaborative project is one that will hopefully advance the understanding of SCMS and in time benefit carp fisheries of all descriptions across the entire country. Most of the sampling for this project will take place over the next few months, on behalf of ECHO, I strongly urge fisheries and anglers out there to inform the Environment Agency of any carp mortalities that they discover. If anglers or fishery owners would prefer to contact ECHO, as a non-governmental group, then we will willingly take the details and pass them directly to the Agency. It is essential that samples are collected from mortalities at the earliest date possible to increase the effectiveness of the research. This has always been a problem in the past but with the help of anglers on the ground this serious threat to our fisheries can be investigated properly.”

hris Burt of Specialist Anglers Alliance added " The SAA are delighted to see the new links forged between ECHO and the EA that this financial collaboration represents. It marks a unique achievement for ECHO in gaining this financing, which will lead to a much better understanding of how to protect our invaluable carp stocks from threats such as SCMS".


Success at 5 Lakes

Firstly we would like to thank all of you who took some time to come and talk to us on the ECHO stand at 5 Lakes, your comments and feedback where much appreciated. The weekend proved to be a significant success on a number of levels.

It is clear that as carp anglers become aware that ECHO’s core aim is to protect the carp angling sport that we all love, no matter what the carps size, more people and companies are lending their support to the organisation. A staggering 200 new individual members joined ECHO over the course of weekend. The likes of Rod Hutchinson, Julian Cundiff, Tim Denyer, Graham Slaughter, Mally Roberts, Brian Skoyles, Alvin Roy, Chris Burt, Martin Ford, Marc Coulson, Jan Porter etc. have joined the ever increasing membership. However, the support from the ‘grass route’ carp anglers was impressive and it is this kind of support that will ensure ECHO thrives and continues to make a real impact in the protection of our carp fishing for now and future generations.

Additional support has also been gained from the trade. Donations to the raffle includedthe moonlight print that was signed collectively (thanks to Graham at Planet Prints) a weeks fishing in France for two at Chef De Ville (thanks to Phil Thompson and Darren Ward) and “ECHO” scaled carp (thanks to Nigel Williams of Ceramic Carp). Several companies became corporate members at the show and we are proud to announce that Shimano UK, Gardner, Armaled, Rod Hutchinson Developments, Heathrow Bait Services, Wychwood, Fishrite, Hanely Carp and Pallatrax have all now joined as they all want to help ‘make a difference’.

Continued support must also be mentioned, Carp Tech have kindly offered to donate £100 for every 1000 bait buckets sold and to date have donated over £200. If you haven’t seen these buckets they are the camo versions with the ECHO logo discretely placed amongst the camo pattern. Yateley Pond Life through sales of the “Yateley Uncovered Video” has donated £500 to the ECHO Research fund. A special thanks must also go out to Carp Conferences Limited (CCL) for the free stand space at 5 Lakes.

So what have ECHO done to help to protect carp fishing in its various guises from carp match fishing to specimen hunting? Well ECHO was able to present a cheque for the sum of £1600 to the Specialist Anglers Alliance (SAA), who, as part of the Moran committee have presented 5 core legislative changes to the government to improve and strengthen the legislative processes concerning the legal importation of Carp. To add to ECHO’s £1600 Tim Paisley of Angling Publications and CCL donated a further £400.00 to the SAA on the day.

A cheque for the sum of £8000 was presented, on behalf of ECHO members and the ECHO research fund, by Ian Chillcott and Viv Shears to CEFAS. The funds provided to CEFAS will be used to further research, during 2004, into Koi Herpes Virus (KHV), a contagious disease, which presents a major threat to the carp that we have present in our lakes currently. KHV was confirmed as the causative agent in, at least two, severe carp kills in fisheries in England and Wales last year, so the threat to our fishing is a real one.

Steve Maidment, CEFAS Investigations Inspector said -

"I would like to extend the congratulations of all the staff at CEFAS to the members of ECHO, and everyone in the trade, who through their membership fees and contributions have supported the funding of this research project.
We would also like to say a big 'thank you' to the chairman and committee of ECHO who have worked so hard to bring it about. Personally, I am delighted to see our two organisations and the Environment Agency working so closely together, because the real interests and concerns of carp fishermen can now be more easily identified and addressed. It is certainly the case that together we stand a far better chance of preventing fish disease and improving fish welfare than if we all work in isolation of each other."

Dr Kevin Denham of the CEFAS laboratory said-

"Koi Herpesvirus (KHV) is a newly recognised viral disease that has caused dramatic mortalities in koi carp in many parts of the world. The disease was probably introduced into the UK several years ago through the trade in ornamental carp, and now poses a major threat to our native common carp stocks. Work at the CEFAS Fish Health Laboratory has shown that common carp are highly susceptible to infection with approaching 100% mortality in experimental fish.

Diagnostic methods require the testing of samples of tissue from post-mortem examination of fish and will only identify the virus in fish showing clear signs of the disease. Carriers of infection which may appear healthy but have the potential to spread the disease to other fish cannot be identified by the current diagnostic techniques. ECHO are funding research at CEFAS to improve the sensitivity of detection methods by developing a technique to identify antibodies to the virus rather that the virus itself. The advantages of this method are that fish that have been in contact with KHV can be identified, and equally importantly, the test is non-destructive so fish do not have to be killed. A small sample of blood is all that is needed to detect the antibodies to KHV. This test will enable carp for restocking to be tested for KHV before they are introduced into fisheries, and so protect our native stocks from this virulent disease".

This jointly funded research project, involving CEFAS and ECHO, is the first time that a representative angling body, with the support of its members and the fishing trade, has worked with a government agency on fish disease. As a working partnership all the organisations hope to prevent the spread of, and further the understanding of, serious fish disease threats in the UK through this collaborative work.

So as you can see ECHO continues to strive to protect your sport. Education not Condemation remains our moto, therefore please contact us if you have any questions or querries or lend your support to the organisation by joining today.

The ECHO Steering Committee

Address:

The ECHO Office
16 The Parade
Yateley
Hants
GU46 7UN


ECHO gives £8,000 to forward research into Koi Herpes Virus with CEFAS

Steve Maidment, CEFAS Investigations Inspector said -

"I would like to extend the congratulations of all the staff at CEFAS to the members of ECHO, and everyone in the trade, who through their membership fees and contributions have supported the funding of this research project.
We would also like to say a big 'thank you' to the chairman and committee of ECHO who have worked so hard to bring it about. Personally, I am delighted to see our two organisations and the Environment Agency working so closely together, because the real interests and concerns of carp fishermen can now be more easily identified and addressed. It is certainly the case that together we stand a far better chance of preventing fish disease and improving fish welfare than if we all work in isolation of each other."

Dr Kevin Denham of the CEFAS laboratory said-


"Koi Herpesvirus (KHV) is a newly recognised viral disease that has causeddramatic mortalities in koi carp in many parts of the world. The disease was probably introduced into the UK several years ago through the trade in ornamental carp, and now poses a major threat to our native common carp stocks. Work at the CEFAS Fish Health Laboratory has shown that common carp are highly susceptible to infection with approaching 100% mortality in experimental fish.

Diagnostic methods require the testing of samples of tissue from post-mortem examination of fish and will only identify the virus in fish showing clear signs of the disease. Carriers of infection which may appear healthy but have the potential to spread the disease to other fish cannot be identified by the current diagnostic techniques. ECHO are funding research at CEFAS to improve the sensitivity of detection methods by developing a technique to identify antibodies to the virus rather that the virus itself. The advantages of this method are that fish that have been in contact with KHV can be identified, and equally importantly, the test is non-destructive so fish do not have to be killed. A small sample of blood is all that is needed to detect the antibodies to KHV. This test will enable carp for restocking to be tested for KHV before they are introduced into fisheries, and so protect our native stocks from this virulent disease".


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