Carp project update

March 21, 2019

The Australian Government has funded the National Carp Control Plan to develop a strategy to drastically reduce carp densities in Australian inland waterways (rivers, lakes, wetlands, dams and reservoirs).

One of the control methods under consideration is the controlled release of a variant of the Cyprinid Herpes Virus (CyHV-3). The desired result would be mass carp mortality in the target waterbody. While this will greatly attenuate the carp biomass, it will also pose a considerable challenge to water utilities in treating and supplying drinking water from the water body subject to the “fish kill”.

The National Carp Control Plan: Risks, Costs, and Water Industry Response project will develop a method for evaluating the risks and costs to water supply and assist the Australian water industry in developing submissions to their state based steering committees of the National Carp Control Plan. Early project results suggest that there could be reason to be concerned over current water treatment methods should carp densities be very high.

The following organisations are involved with the project:

  • The National Carp Control Program, Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC)
  • SA Water
  • Melbourne Water
  • SEQWater
  • Sydney Water
  • Coliban
  • North East Water
  • Goulburn Valley Water
  • Lower Murray Water
  • WaterNSW