Carp virus ‘can do job’

National Carp Control Plan 
co-ordinator Matt Barwick.

National Carp Control Plan co-ordinator Matt Barwick.

A US-based study of a virus planned for release in the Murray River to control carp numbers has shown positive results, according to the head of the National Carp Control Plan.

National Carp Control Plan co-ordinator Matt Barwick, who recently told Sunraysia Daily there was still much work to be done before the potential release of the virus in Australia, said results in the upper Mississippi River system were significant.

Mr Barwick said a new scientific paper out of the US offered clues as to how the highly invasive and environmentally destructive reign of the “rats of the river” could be stopped.

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