Riverside Stories

People want to have a say about what happens to their river. We’re listening.

Riverside Stories is a series of perspectives that we’re collecting as we travel through Australia. It captures the aspirational vision we all share: healthier rivers, vibrant native fish communities and productive, prosperous communities.

The NCCP is assessing ways to control carp impacts, with significant research, community engagement and planning. However, it isn’t just about carp – it’s also about our shared environment & economy, our shared communities & cultures, and our shared future.

Waterways are the lifeblood of many rural and regional communities. That’s why the process of the NCCP is so important. It cuts across so many areas of our lives, from policy and politics, to science and society. Carp impact everyone, we have to solve this challenge together.

We know there are other issues affecting our rivers: altered flows, cold-water pollution, habitat loss, water quality, and infrastructure etc. However, a lot is being done to address those impacts – we need to get carp out of the way to get the most from those efforts.

That’s why this series isn’t about being ‘for’ or ‘against’ potentially using the carp virus. Instead, it’s about generating a discussion around how we might realistically tackle carp at the continental scale and what that might mean for all of us.

We hope you enjoy listening to the different views and can help us get the nation talking about working together to solve the carp problem.

Peter Haslett | Riverland Fruit Grower


Peter is a farmer from Murtho, near Renmark, South Australia. He and his son, Ben, operate Woolenook Fruits. They draw water from an important part of the Murray River and have seen carp numbers grow over the years. They’ve had issues with carp getting sucked into their irrigation system and blocking their filters. In this video, Peter touches on the duty of care we have for future generations and the importance of adopting a pragmatic, can-do attitude to tackling carp.

Find out more about our consultation activities.

Garry Warrick | Commercial Carp Fisherman


Garry’s been fishing the Murray for 30 years. Over time, he’s had to switch from native fish to carp. Now, carp represent a significant chunk of his revenue. The species supports his business, and the businesses of many of his customers, who use carp as bait for crays. Here, he questions how carp could be cleaned-up, suggests fishers might contribute their understanding and looks forward to a future with less carp. The clean-up is being investigated by four intersecting pieces of research funded by the NCCP: clean-up strategies, biomass estimation, disease modelling and using biomass.

Find out more about the research program.

Ken Stewart | Wamba Wamba Traditional Owner


Ken is an Indigenous person from the Wamba Wamba Nation. In this chat, Ken talks about the current-day carp plague and his memories of fishing as a kid. Je raises his concerns around non-target species, water quality and having a flexible approach to a potential clean-up. These are things being examined through NCCP-funded projects on oxygen modelling, blue-green algae and clean-up strategies.

Find our more about the NCCP research projects.