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Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia

VHS, Fish Importation & Fish Transportation
Aquaculture permit applicants and fish haulers should be aware of the VHS Proclamation made by the Department of Agriculture. This Proclamation prohibits the intra-state transportation, sale, or distribution of 28 fish species susceptible to Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia (VHS) out of the affected region in northern Ohio. Furthermore, in order to import fish into Ohio, the Ohio Department of Agriculture must first be contacted.

NOTE: Beginning immediately, emerald shiners Notropis atherinoides collected from all United States waters of Lake Erie, including Michigan, Pennsylvania, and New York will no longer require testing and disease-free certification for VHS as a condition for importation into Ohio when their final destination is north of the Proclamation Line within the State (north of a line that that follows US Highway 6 from the Indiana border to the intersection of US Highway 6 and Interstate 90 continuing along Interstate 90 east to the Pennsylvania border).