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National Carp Control Program

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National Carp Control Program: Risks, costs and water industry response

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The Commonwealth Government has funded a National Carp Control Plan (NCCP) that is considering and evaluating a number of control measures including the release of a strain of Cyprinid Herpes Virus (CyHV-3). The plan includes aspects of research, consultation and economic assessment necessary to adequately addresses risks, including development of complementary control measures and management actions. The large fish kills that would result from a successful virus release presents significant concerns, including impacts on drinking water quality from dead and decaying carp near offtakes or water storages; water infrastructure; aquatic ecosystems; the logistics and costs involved in a large clean-up effort; and the need for further control measures.