It’s fishy business

By Country News

An online survey tool to support community surveillance of carp numbers has been launched by the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation.

Recreational fishers, Landcare volunteers, farmers, tourists and members of the public are being asked to report information on these aggregations in waterways, by doing the CARPMAP survey.

‘‘If you have observed more than 20 carp together (called an ‘aggregation’) we want to know about it,’’ National Carp Control Plan co-ordinator Matt Barwick said.

‘‘Understanding carp aggregations not just locally but at a national scale will be critical for an effective national approach to carp control.’’

CSIRO scientist Peter Durr is leading National Carp Control Plan-funded research to understand how a carp virus, known as Cyprinid herpesvirus 3, could be effectively released in Australian waterways.

‘‘We need information on at least 2000 carp aggregation events to complete our picture,’’ he said.

‘‘Without carp aggregation knowledge we may not be able to accurately predict how the carp virus would work in Australia.’’

■The CARPMAP survey can be found at: