PEOPLE in Echuca will hear about the Victorian Fisheries Authority’s plans to reduce carp numbers and the development of the national carp control plan next week.
Recreational anglers, nature lovers, farmers and waterway users are invited to a series of community meetings across the state.
A public meeting is being held in Echuca from 6pm-8pm on Thursday at the Mercure, Port of Echuca, 465 High St.
The team developing the plan is now embarking on a large program of scientific research and public meetings across carp affected areas to:
■ address knowledge gaps, and better understand and manage risks to support the potential release of the carp virus, subsequent clean-up and recovery of native fish and ecosystems;
■ plan for an integrated approach to control carp in Australia’s waterways;
■ build community awareness for the proposal to release the virus and address community concerns;
■ develop strategies for release of the virus and subsequent clean-up; and
■ support national coordination on all elements of the plan’s development.
At the end of 2018 a formal recommendation on the best way to control carp impacts in Australia will be made in a document called The National Carp Control Plan.