Information Collection on Spring Viremia of Carp-Susceptible Finfish and their Gametes
The Department of Agriculture is accepting through August 22, 2013, comments on an information collection associated with Spring Viremia of Carp-Susceptible Finfish and their Gametes, and Diagnostic Specimens Importation Permits.
The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the USDA is required to prevent the introduction of spring viremia of carp disease (SVC) into the United States. SVC is disease of certain species of finfish that is caused by an eponymous rhabdovirus. The disease is considered extremely contagious, and there are currently no U.S. approved vaccines or treatments for the virus.
APHIS has developed import requirements for SVC-susceptible fish species. This necessitates the use of several information collection activities, including the completion of VS forms 17-129, Fish Import Permit Application, 17-29, Application for Import or In Transit Permit, 16-3, Diagnostic Specimen Import Permit Application, 17-136, Refusal of Entry and Order to Dispose of Fish; a health certificate and or cleaning and disinfection certificate; 72-hour notification of arrival, and recordkeeping requirements. Without the information, APHIS would be unable to effectively protect farmed fish populations that are known to be susceptible to SVC from imports of finfish or their gametes infected with SVC virus.