Carp Research Project
Why research carp?
Carp are recognised as one of Australia's worst aquatic pest species. The UMDR Carp Reduction Plan identifies carp as a key management issue affecting the recovery of native fish populations in the upper Murrumbidgee. The plan also identifies key knowledge gaps preventing the effective management of carp in the upper Murrumbidgee.
One knowledge gap is around aggregation and breeding sites in our catchment. In lowland regions research has shown that carp breeding is concentrated in large, shallow wetland areas from which river systems are populated. However, in upland river systems such as ours there is an absence of large wetlands, yet carp are still prevailing throughout the system. There is anecdotal evidence that carp may be breeding in sub-optimal habitat throughout the river systems of the upper Murrumbidgee.
This project aims to address some of these key knowldge gaps to enable better carp management actions that support native fish recovery.
What is the UMDR Carp Research Project?
The UMDR Carp Research Project is a multi-year, collaborative project. There are three key areas explored by this project.
- The Scottsdale carp trapping program to investigate whether reducing carp numbers will result in a native fish population response
- A carp tracking study to track movement of carp in the upper Murrumbidgee and compare these with Macquarie perch
- Recording community carp sightings of carp breeding behvaiour and aggregations in the upper Murrumbidgee via the 'Carp loves 20 Degrees' campaign, Feral Fish Scan website/app and the UMDR angler diary program. This includes partnering with local fishing clubs to record results of fishing events such as the 2015 Cooma Monaro Carp Comp
Project partners include Bush Heritage Australia, ACT Government, NSW Department of Primary Industries (Fisheries), Assoc Prof Mark Lintermans (in association with the University of Canberra), Prue McGuffie (conducting the Macquarie perch PhD research project), Upper Murrumbidgee Waterwatch, the Invasive Animals CRC, the Capital Region Fishing Alliance, Southern ACT Catchment Group, local fishing clubs/groups and the community.
This project was launched on 15th April, 2014. To view media about the launch of the project, please follow the links below:
- ABC TV NEWS 24
- Canberra Times (Front page, 16 April, 2014)
- ABC Radio (Bush telegraph & ABC Rural)
- Radio National 'Off Track' (14 June, 2014).
For more information on this project please contact the UMDR Facilitator on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0429 778 633.