What we're doing
Could Australia really control the impacts of carp? Could it be done at the continental scale? Could it be done without hurting the river? Could it be done to last?
Those are tough questions.
The future of Australia's native fish, like these juvenile golden perch, is in all our hands. Image: Tom Rayner.
Fortunately, much is already known about carp, their impacts and the carp virus itself. It's also pretty clear which approaches may not work. Methods including commercial fishing, recreational fishing 'carp out' events, wetland screening and trapping can work at a local scale, but not at the national scale.
More needs to be known about how integrated carp control could work in Australia, what effect the carp virus may have on carp populations, if it could be released strategically, exactly what impact tonnes of dead carp might have on rivers and how they could be cleaned-up quickly and/or utilised.
So, we’re setting out to answer the big questions we are all asking as Australians who want to build a better future by working together.
During 2017-18, the NCCP embarked on a large program of research and consultation. The two largest components of this program are: a series of scientific projects conducted by independent researchers at Australian universities; and, a series of community engagement forums (i.e., town hall events) across areas affected by carp.
Native turtles have declined dramatically. Reducing carp impacts could help their populations. Image: Tom Rayner.
The scientific data and community feedback generated will be used to inform a recommendations at the end of 2019 on what was learned, whether additional work is needed, and ultimately, whether biocontrol is likely to be viable for the control of carp in Australia.
Our goal to determine whether biological control is likely to be viable for carp in Australia, and make recommendations to enable decision-makers to decide on next steps.