Community Carp Investigation

Breeding and aggregation sites of carp are recognised as important areas which can be targetted to better manage carp.  However, there is little collated information which identifies where carp are breeding and aggregating in riverine areas of the upper Murrumbidgee catchment. 

Additionally, our current body of knowledge about carp suggests that carp favour large, still and shallow aquatic habitats to breed and so are generally not expected to breed in river systems.   Anecdotal evidence suggests that carp may indeed be breeding in riverine systems of the upper Murrumbidgee.  

This investigation seeks to collate community information to gain insights into where carp may be breeding and aggregating across the upper Murrumbidgee catchment, covering all aquatic ecosystems whether it be lakes, dams, rivers or creeks.

This project will work with recreational anglers and the community to collect this information via:

  • an angling diary program
  • a carp portal where community members can report carp sightings
  • a regional carp muster to be held in January 2015

This project is made possible via the support of ACT Government, Upper Murrumbidgee Waterwatch, the Invasive Animals CRC, the Capital Region Fishing Alliance, Numeralla Fishing Club, Southern ACT Catchment Group, recretional fishers/groups and community members.