Pest fish taking over river

April 13, 2017

CARP are out of control in the Murray river.

The pest fish are causing havoc along the river including in Echuca-Moama and surrounds with numbers booming.

‘‘We have been getting a lot of feed back from people right along the river who haven’t seen the numbers of carp like they are today,’’ National Carp Control Plan coordinator Matt Berwick said.

‘‘Although we aren’t surprised.

‘‘With the amount of water and vegetation that was around late last year in the flood waters, it provided the perfect breeding ground for the fish.

‘‘We knew it would happen.’’

Mr Berwick said it was almost perfect timing for them as they have been given the green light by the Federal Government to explore a feasible tool to control the species.

‘‘That tool is the species specific virus which we will hopefully be able to roll out late next year,’’ he said.

‘‘Research is under way to address the decision gaps in making the project possible.

‘‘We are speaking to stakeholder groups and communities right along the river so we are able to respond to the issues that are presented.

‘‘We also need to make sure of the legislation to ensure we understand and do things correctly.’’

The project worth $15 million is estimated to kill 95 per cent of carp in the Murray-Darling river system over the next 30 years.

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