Since July 2016, the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment and the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) have been undertaking a world-first program to assess the feasibility of using Cyprinid herpesvirus 3 (the carp virus) as a biological control agent for introduced common carp in Australia, as part of the National Carp Control Plan. In January 2020, the FRDC delivered its assessment for consideration by government.
Noting there are additional pieces of research underway, the department and the FRDC have decided that integrating key research results into a single document will best facilitate assessment and government consideration of the carp virus’s potential as a biocontrol agent. As such, FRDC will integrate the outputs of this research into a revised version and provide this to the department.
The FRDC’s National Carp Control Plan is one of several important inputs that will inform a decision by the Australian, state and territory governments on the carp virus. In addition to the FRDC’s work, a final decision on carp biocontrol will require further public consultation and regulatory approval.