Weeding out the carp pest

MILDURA will be among 13 locations in Victoria to hold community meetings about plans to reduce carp numbers.

Carp are an unwanted pest in waters all around the region.

Carp are an unwanted pest in waters all around the region.

National Carp Control Plan state director Craig Ingram said carp were an unwanted pest in lakes and rivers that reduce water quality, adversely impact native aquatic ecosystems and cost the economy up to $500 million each year.

“In 2016, the Commonwealth Government announced $15 million over 2 ½ years to develop the plan that will include exploring the release of a naturally occurring, species-specific carp herpes virus as a biological control agent,” Mr Ingram said.

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