Call out to curb the carp in our river systems
EUROPEAN carp in Australian waterways have become such an issue the Australian Recreational Fishing Foundation (ARFF) are calling for the Government to take immediate action to control this invasive species.
The call comes in the light of growing concerns that climate change could be aiding European carp to spread further thoughout Australian rivers and coastal estuary systems.
ARFF Managing Director, Allan Hansard said that
"Carp are Australia's worst established freshwater aquatic pest." ARFF managing director Allan Hansard said.
"They rival the crown of thorns starfish as an environmental threat and in their ability to (destroy) our unique aquaticecosystems."
"Scientists have revealed that Carp and other invasive fish species now make up to 80% of the fish biomass in the Murray-Darling, and up to 93% in some areas."
Here on the North Coast Landcare groups have made a call out to put carp on the menu as a way of reducing numbers.
"We want to teach people it is very edible, and it is healthy as it is very high in omega 3 and 6 oils," Landcare volunteer Vanessa
Tallon told The Northern Star earlier this month.
Mr Hansard said scientists haven't been able to confirm it, but they believe the warming effect of climate change on our river systems is increasing the ability of carp to adapt and populate colder water river systems.
"Recreational fishers are reporting catching carp where they previously haven't been caught, including our coldwater rivers and even our saltwater estuaries," he said.
"We understand the Federal Government in partnership with the State and Territory governments are considering a multi pronged attack on the carp invasion, including the release of a carp specific herpes virus to biologically control the carp as well as an extensive native fish rehabilitation program that will give our native species a fighting chance."