A $15 million and 30-year plan to kill off carp will not be executed without input from people using waterways in western NSW. Photo: DPIA $15 million and 30-year plan to kill off carp will not be executed without input from people using waterways in western NSW and across Australia, reports federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton.
The government’s 2016 Budget has provided funding for an historic attempt to rid the nation of one of its most damaging pests through the National Carp Control Plan.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity based on cutting-edge biological controls and backed by the best available science,” Mr Coulton said.
The plan includes the potential release by the end of 2018 of a biological control agent that only affects carp, Cyprinid herpesvirus 3, and the identification of complementary ways of eradicating the species within three decades.
“We need to ensure the virus is safe, along with developing strategies around the clean-up program and use of harvested carp biomass, with carp biomass in our waterways estimated at between 500,000 tonnes and two million tonnes,” Mr Coulton said.
“The plan will focus on maximum impact on carp populations and minimum disruption to industries, communities and the environment. The CSIRO and the NSW Department of Primary Industries and the Invasive Animals CRC have undertaken years of work to get us to this point, and it is looking very promising.
“I know people in Western NSW will be deeply interested in the detail, which is why there will be stakeholder consultation throughout the process so our community and people who use our waterways have a chance to provide input.”
Mr Coulton said carp had progressively decimated native fish populations and reduced water quality since it became established in Australia’s waterways in the 1960s.
“We’ve seen carp muddy our river systems, uproot vegetation, cause erosion, contribute to algal blooms, and drive many species of native fish to the brink of extinction,” he said.
“The economic impact of common carp has been estimated at up to $500 million a year and they make up 80 to 90 per cent of fish biomass in the Murray-Darling Basin.
“Our current methods of controlling carp, such as trapping and commercial fishing, are expensive and just haven’t worked.”
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