Our ‘Carping at Christmas’ event was a great success and we have put together some highlights of the evening in this short film so you can get a ‘taste’ of the evening! We have also provided you with a link to the ‘if you can’t beat em, eat em’ carp recipe book which is free for you to download. So this Christmas, help out our rivers and native fish by getting some carp on your cutlery!
The proposed release of a carp herpesvirus has raised many questions from the public around how it will work, will it work and what will happen with all the dead carp. The Invasive Animals CRC has put together a terrific Frequently Asked Questions page, along with bite size videos where fishing celebrity Al McGlashan speaks to Matt Barwick from the NSW Department of Primary Industries to find out what the plans are to work to restore our waterways once the carp virus has been implemented. Follow this link to get the latest information about the carp herpesvirus.
Remember to log any catch of carp at Feral Fish Scan – a new community website for collecting evidence of feral fish. Feral fish (also called ‘pest fish’) cause enormous damage to our rivers and native fish populations. If you have seen or caught feral fish in your local area, record the details to help identify feral fish hotspots across our catchment. Species such as European carp, Redfin perch, Goldfish, Gambusia and Oriental weatherloach are found in many rivers, but exactly where they occur is poorly known. These species are directly impacting on our native fish and aquatic fauna in many ways, including the spread of disease/parasites and predation on the young and eggs of native species.