The National Carp Control Plan, led by the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) on behalf of the Australian Government, is looking at the development of an integrated strategy for the control of carp impacts in Australia. This includes investigations into the possible release of a carp virus, Cyprinid herpesvirus 3.
Native to Europe and Asia, carp have been introduced to Australia numerous times over the last 180 years and are now present in every state and territory in Australia with the exception of the Northern Territory.
Carp is considered the worst freshwater aquatic pest in south-eastern Australia, particularly within the Murray Darling Basin.
Research indicates that carp now makes up 80 per cent of fish biomass in many waterways and often displaces native species.
The NCCP is a program of risk assessment, research, planning and consultation to identify a smart, safe, effective and integrated suite of measures to control carp populations in Australia including the exploration of a biocontrol measure the carp-specific virus – Cyprinid herpesvirus 3. Already present in over 30 countries, the virus has the potential to reduce carp numbers in Australia by over 70%.
Such a reduction would have dramatic benefits for water quality, aquatic vegetation, native fish, fishing and irrigation.
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For more information visit the www.carp.gov.au website.