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Carp breeders at Lake Kasumigaura and Lake Kitaura in Ibaraki Prefecture began removing their fish for incineration Tuesday following a government order to destroy all stocks due to a herpes virus outbreak late last year.

It is expected to take two months to fully dispose of the estimated 4,000 tons of carp. The state will pay 80 percent of the current market price of the fish and the full cost of the disposal operations to breeders.

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