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What can you do to prevent the spread of whirling disease?

  • CLEAN. DRAIN. DRY. Clean all equipment, such as waders, fishing gear, boats, trailers, and float tubes of mud before leaving an area when fishing. Careful cleaning using disinfectants such as bleach will kill this parasite and many other aquatic nuisance species. Drain water from all motor units, live wells and buckets.
  • DO NOT transport live fish from one waterbody to another.
  • DO dispose of fish parts carefully when cleaning fish (dry disposal in garbage is best).
  • CONTACT US if you observe signs of whirling disease in fish.
    TWRA.WhirlingDisease@tn.gov
    Please provide a location and picture of the fish if possible.