Carp Tracking Study

We know very little about where and when carp move throughout river systems of the upper Murrumbidgee.  This is another key knowledge gap about carp in our catchment.     

The UMDR Carp Research project has linked in with Prue McGuffie's Macquarie perch PhD research project to track 35 carp in the upper Murrumbidgee River until early 2016.  This combined study will also investigate how carp and Macquarie perch might overlap.

The study uses acoustic telemetry methods to track the carp and Macquarie perch.  The fish are implanted with an acoustic tag which emits a signal.  The signals are then picked up and recorded by a series of receivers (fish monitoring stations) established throughout the study area.

    

Research carp will be tagged with a long yellow external dart tag, inserted near the dorsal fin (as shown below).  If caught, Anglers are asked to RELEASE and REPORT these carp to the number shown on the tag.

  

The carp tracking study is a collaboration between Prue McGuffie, Bush Heritage Australia and NSW DPI (Fisheries).  The project is also supported by the NSW Recreational Fishing Trust.