EUROPEAN carp (cyprinus carpio) have long been the bane of communities along the length of the Murray River.
Numbers have exploded since the mid-1970s, when flooding at Mildura resulted in the release of an enhanced strain of carp that subsequently spread throughout the Murray-Darling Basin.
Carp have caused untold damage to Australia’s freshwater environment, siphoning sediment from riverbeds and muddying waters.
Removing vast amounts of carp from the Murray-Darling Basin system seemed like a perfect solution, but National Carp Control Plan (NCCP) co-ordinator Matt Barwick was tasked with bringing together a project team to investigate the pros and cons of such a radical plan.
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