Waterway forums to discuss releasing carp herpes to cull infestation

CULL IS NEEDED: Anglers and other waterway stakeholders can have their say on the best ways to minimise the impact of carp.
CULL IS NEEDED: Anglers and other waterway stakeholders can have their say on the best ways to minimise the impact of carp.

LOCALS can have their say on the region’s carp-infested waterways when the industry body holds community forums across the Central West in the coming weeks.

The National Carp Control Plan (NCCP) is holding a series of stakeholder and community workshops in key regional locations throughout Australia to seek understanding from community members on topics such as the prevalence of carp in local waterways, how waterways are utilised by the community, and the benefits or impacts of potential carp reduction.

The sessions provide a chance for people to ask questions, raise concerns and discuss how they might be involved.

There will be more than 30 in total, across the Natural Resource Management Zones where carp is a problem. 

It’s part of the Federal Government's $15 million commitment to reduce carp by 95 per cent by 2045.

The plan outlines the intended release of a carp-specific biological control agent to achieve that goal at an acceptable cost.

The earliest possible release date for carp herpes virus is late 2018.

Researchers from five states are collaborating to develop an international best-practice method to determine the total biomass of carp in Australia’s waterways.

The total biomass of carp in our waterways is estimated between 500,000 and 2 million tonnes.

The community forums provide an opportunity to discuss the NCCP process and allow people to have input into the development of the final recommendation. 

The presentations will also be posted online for those who can't make it to the forums.

The NCCP meetings will be held at Bathurst Panthers from 6pm to 8pm on November 27, and Dubbo's Westside Hotel from 6pm to 8pm on November 28.

To find out more, visit www.carp.gov.au/What-we-are-doing/Consultation