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 – it's our job to answer them.
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. For example, people have been trying to sell carp commercially for 40 years with no real progress against carp as an invasive species at the national scale.
However, 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. Throughout the process we will be communicating our progress in an open and authentic way that's realistic, rigorous and relevant – founded in the values that underpin this whole endeavour.
During 2017, the NCCP will embark on a large program of research and consultation. The two key components of this program will be: 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 recommendation at the end of 2018 on the best suite of measures to control carp.
Our goal is to recommend a smart, safe, effective and integrated suite of measures that, if followed through, would dramatically reduce carp impacts and give native fish a chance to compete, while protecting our rivers, our environment, our health, our communities and our economy.