What we did
Could Australia really control the impacts of carp? Could it be done at the continental scale? Could it be done without hurting the river? Could it be done to last?
Those are tough questions.
Previous research meant we already knew a lot about carp, their impacts and the carp virus itself.
The future of Australia's native fish, like these juvenile golden perch, is in all our hands. Image: Tom Rayner.
The NCCP built on this knowledge and embarked on a large program of research and consultation. The two largest components of this program were a series of scientific projects conducted by independent researchers at Australian universities and a series of community engagement forums (i.e. town hall events) in areas affected by carp.
The research and consultation will inform recommendations that will be delivered in a report to the Australian Government in early 2022. The report will include what was learned, whether biocontrol is likely to be viable for the control of carp in Australia, and operational advice and next steps.
Native turtles have declined dramatically. Reducing carp impacts could help their populations. Image: Tom Rayner.