December 19 carp report
20 DECEMBER 2019

December 2019 progress report

The National Carp Control Plan (NCCP) is being finalised, to be delivered to the Australian Government in late December 2019.

21 NOVEMBER 2019

Protecting our water quality

Researchers have assessed how Australian waterways would cope with the potential release of the carp virus.


Crucial Estimate for Carp Control

Australia now has key information for controlling carp, Cyprinus carpio, one of the world’s most destructive pests.


September 2019 progress report

The National Carp Control Plan (NCCP) is entering its final months before being presented to the Australian Government in December 2019.

18 JULY 2019

Commercial harvesting to control Carp

Can Australia successfully manage a pest fish population such as carp, by commercial fishing? And would it have a lasting success?

4 JUNE 2019

Clean-up a key part of developing the Carp control plan

Research projects informing the National Carp Control Plan (NCCP) are currently in their final stages of being reviewed ahead of the work being presented to the Australian Government in December 2019.

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1 JUNE 2019

June 2019 progress report

In April 2019, the National Carp Control Plan (NCCP) held an event in Canberra to present a summary of the NCCP research program to its advisory groups. The research overview focused on biophysical projects commissioned as part of the NCCP research program, with updates about the other research to be provided later in 2019.

30 MAY 2019

National Carp Control Plan on track to deliver

The National Carp Control Plan (NCCP) remains on track to be delivered to the Australian Government in December 2019.

9 MAY 2019

March 2019 Progress report

NCCP project time line and project updates

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11 DECEMBER 2018

December 2018 Progress Report published

The Australian Government has approved the extension of NCCP to December 2019, an additional year from the original December 2018 deadline.

23 NOVEMBER 2018

National Carp Control Plan Update - 23 November 2018

New Program Manager to take on delivery of drafting National Carp Control Plan from December 2018.

12 OCTOBER 2018

Carpageddon: Herpes virus plan on hold as more research is put into risks of carp control

'Carpageddon' won't be seen for at least another 12 months in Australia, with the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources approving an extension to the development of the carp herpes virus.

11 OCTOBER 2018

Extension of National Carp Control Plan

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has approved a 12 month extension for the development of the National Carp Control Plan.

NCCP Sept 2018 progress report
2 OCTOBER 2018

September 2018 Progress Report published

NCCP progress continues with community consultation

cane toad

Virus discovery offers new means of controlling Queensland's cane toad

Science may finally win the war against Queensland’s biggest eco-scourge, the cane toad.

5 JULY 2018

Human health and the carp virus

Final report published | Click to read

24 JUNE 2018

June 2018 Progress Report published

NCCP progress continues with catchment case studies

Screenshot of Ducks Unlimited Canada article showing carp infestation.
24 MAY 2018

Using fish screens to keep carp out of wetlands

'The reduction in carp has improved the water clarity... and that’s enticed other species to return.'

berri wetland trial
17 MAY 2018

NCCP Program Update released | May 2018

Includes invitation to webinar on water quality | Tuesday 22 May 2018

Screenshot from Murray Valley Standard newspaper showing carp processing trials
15 MAY 2018

What to do with dead carp?

Variety of options being developed, including 10t fertiliser trial.

Landline episode May 2018 video screenshot
13 MAY 2018

ABC Landline reports on the NCCP

The end of carp? Kerry Straight covers some of the progress to date. Watch online.

Carp increasing turbidity
8 MAY 2018

Carp are the cane toads.

NCCP supports Australian researchers tackling carp impacts.

tapeworms blocking intestines of fish
8 MAY 2018

Invasive tapeworms found in W.A. carp

The intestines of some of the fish were completely blocked. Pose risk to native fish.

Paula Reynolds Lincolnshire Fish Health Lab letter
8 MAY 2018

NCCP responds to UK researcher

National Coordinator addresses Dr Paula Reynolds' concerns

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27 APRIL 2018

Turtles cleaning-up carp

New research shows carp eaten more quickly in areas with turtles.

Mason Lakes fishing competition Adelaide Advertiser
17 APRIL 2018

Mawson Lakes struggles with carp.

Carp costing the council and community $60,000/yr

Electrofishing in Shepparton
17 APRIL 2018

Controlling carp in Shepparton

Local council starts electrofishing: "Zap... zappity, zap, zap."

electrofishing for carp
13 APRIL 2018

Zapping carp at Kambah

ACT Government surveying carp populations.

Shepparton news article screenshot
5 APRIL 2018

North Central CMA improving native fish passage

Installation of new fishways helping natives move around the river.

Lake Keepit carp muster leaderboard
5 APRIL 2018

Lake Keepit carp muster nets 2000 fish

Organiser says the impact carp has on the region’s waterways is “huge”.

GRT fight in Qld
23 MARCH 2018

Hunting for natural assassins

Biosecurity Queensland thinks the answer to Giant Rat's Tail weed could already be in paddocks

Fungal biocontrol in NZ
23 MARCH 2018

Fungal biocontrol to be released in NZ

Weeds being controlled with beetles, and now fungus.

Junee Fishing Classic 2018
23 MARCH 2018

Junee Fishing Classic tackles carp

The day raised $1000 for native fish stocking.

SA Carp Frenzy 2018
20 MARCH 2018

SA Carp Frenzy 2018

Community hits Lake Bonney carp population.

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17 MARCH 2018

Beating the carp out of rivers

Sunraysia Daily sums up where the NCCP is up to...

carp noise experiment
16 MARCH 2018

Invasive carp get earful

Minnesota scientists use speakers to stop carp spread

16 MARCH 2018

Partnering to remove carp

Missouri gov & friends remove 47,000 asian carp

fish screen on wetland
14 MARCH 2018

Using carp screens in South Australia

Basic screens block carp in bid to restore wetlands

sunraysia catch a carp
5 MARCH 2018

Ozfish Sunraysia Catcha Carp day

Mildura & Nangiloc locals tackling feral fish ahead of native fish works

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5 MARCH 2018

Risks being carefully considered

NCCP responds to letter from scientists: risks being researched

Lake Sorell news
5 MARCH 2018

Tasmania close to eradicating carp

After decades of battling the pest, Tassie lakes almost carp free.

Goondiwindi Argus paper
4 MARCH 2018

Talking carp control in Queensland

Goondiwindi fishers talk native fish stocks and carp control

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4 MARCH 2018

NCCP welcomes new research paper

Study shows carp aggregations and water temp factor in promoting virus spread.

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28 FEBRUARY 2018

NCCP Progress Report | March 2018

Check out the latest from the NCCP research program.

Matt Barwick presenting
19 FEBRUARY 2018

Latest from the road

Peri Strathearn from The Murray Valley Standard comments on the Mannum forum

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19 FEBRUARY 2018

Matt Barwick talks carp & Canberra

ABC Canberra covers the NCCP research and consultation ahead of the community forum.

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29 JANUARY 2018

EPBC assessment approved

The NCCP to be assessed under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

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Transforming Macquarie Island

Eradicating cats, rats, rabbits and mice to protect native species.

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29 NOVEMBER 2017

Riverside Stories | new episodes

More fascinating community perspectives on carp.

31 OCTOBER 2017

Carp spawning in Gippsland Lakes

"This latest carp outbreak reinforces the need for action..." Read the media release.

13 OCTOBER 2017

Community forums updated

We're touring areas impacted by carp. Check out the dates and locations!

9 OCTOBER 2017

Community forums media release

More information on the community forums.


NCCP September Progress Report Published

Check out the latest news on the NCCP process


How many carp are in Australia?

Research to calculate total weight of carp. Click to read the media release.


Carp virus discovered in Minnesota

U.S. researchers considering use of carp virus for biocontrol.

Rob Paxevanos presenting Fishing Australia

NCCP featured on Fishing Australia

Watch the full episode with Rob Paxevanos.


Protecting the river

Researchers are working to understand river flows, blue-green algae and carp.

Peter Chudleigh presenting
31 AUGUST 2017

Benefits and costs of carp control

World-class economic research to inform NCCP recommendations.

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30 AUGUST 2017

Carp plagues Basin restoration

We have to get carp out of the way, to get better bang for our buck.

23 AUGUST 2017

Risk assessment underway

This work will provide confidence that an informed decision will be made by the government at the end of 2018.

the lab rats of the river
16 AUGUST 2017

Electric carp scales?

The Weekly Times considers uses for dead carp.

24 JULY 2017

Research forms part of the NCCP process

“The National Carp Control Plan is a process, not a foregone conclusion,” says Mr Barwick.

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5 JUNE 2017

New research plan the next nail in coffin for Carp

This plan is the blueprint for how we will answer key questions...

Gibson-Reinemer Figure 2a
16 MAY 2017

Virus causes collapse in Mississippi River carp populations

Read the NCCP Media Release

No Quibbling About Carp
26 APRIL 2017

No Quibbling About Carp

Carp currently make up a huge percentage of the fish biomass throughout the Murray-Darling Basin.

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19 APRIL 2017

Carp control: Koi herpes virus release ‘not a done deal’

Releasing the exotic Koi herpes virus into Australian waterways in a bid to wipe out up to two million carp will not go ahead if the risks outweigh the benefits.

Baby carp in bucket
12 MARCH 2017

Booming River Murray carp population highlights need for solution to pest problem, say herpes researchers

A recent explosion of carp in the River Murray shows a solution is needed to control the pest now more than ever, researchers in charge of the carp herpes virus program say.

Carp scales
26 OCTOBER 2016

Minister Joyce appoints ‘The Carpinator’

The war to rid our waterways of one of Australia's most devastating pests, the common carp, has received a boost today with the appointment of a national coordinator to develop the Coalition Government's $15 million National Carp Control Plan.

9 MAY 2016

Carpageddon: Carp Virus

One of the big announcements in this week's Budget was the commitment of $15 million over the next three years towards the National Carp Control Plan.

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Controlling Carp

Next we're learning about carp which are one of Australia's most destructive pests in the water.