Carpageddon: Will it work?

 

If you're a Carp swimming in the murky waters of Lake Burley Griffin this festive season, should you be worried that you might not live to see another Christmas? Presumably, you may have heard about the oncoming Carpageddon. However, as we wait for the National Carp Control Plan to present its recommendations to the Government, the Carp must be wondering if there is any truth to Carpageddon, or just end up being just another failed doomsday prophecy.

If Carpageddon is the prophecy, then the prophet is Barnaby Joyce, whose response to a Dorothy Dixer from fellow National Party MP Kevin Hogan MP resulted in one of the more colourful speeches seen in Parliament:

We are afflicted with these disgusting, mud-sucking creatures—bottom-dwelling, mud-sucking creatures. The only form of control is a version of herpes; it is the only thing that will get rid of these disgusting, mud-sucking creatures. We will move forward on this because we believe that we should be getting rid of these disgusting, mud-sucking creatures in order to support some of the better animals of our waterways—the silver perch, the yellowbelly, the Murray cod, the Eastern cod and the catfish. We do not want to deal with carp; we have to get rid of the carp. When we have dealt with this virus, we are going to have between 500,000 and two million tonnes of carp.

It would be interesting to unpack this entire statement, but let's focus on three key claims:

  • the CyHV3 virus is the only option to get rid of the Carp
  • we will have 500,000 to 2 million tonnes of dead Carp, and
  • the waterways will better support other animals including native fish.

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Feedback from the National Carp Control Plan stakeholder workshop, Canberra, 19 February 2018

 

This is an article I previously published in the Canberra Fisherman's Club's February 2018 Newsletter. I have reproduced it here as part of my series of articles on the proposed use of the Cyprinid herpesvirus (CyHV3) or (also known as the Carp Herpes Virus or Koi Herpes Virus) to reduce the Carp population in Australia's inland waterways. Please note that as this article was published in February 2018, the information and views I expressed in this article are based on my understanding and knowledge of the issues at that point in time. 

In the May 2016 General Meeting, the members voted in favour of the Club supporting the release of Cyprinid Herpes Virus (CyHV3) to reduce the Carp population in Australia provided the Government adequately funds the clean-up of waterways of dead and dying Carp, habitat restoration and restocking of native fish.

To find out more about the possible release of CyHV3, Brian Hetherington from the ACT Fly Fishers, Jason Middleton from Canberra Anglers Association, and I attended a stakeholder workshop on 19 February 2018 co-hosted by the National Carp Control Plan (Matt Barkwick) and the ACT Government (Allison McInnes). The purpose of the workshop was to give an update on the latest news on the possible release of CyHV3 and to seek stakeholder feedback on a range of issues around the release. Peter Beutel from the National Capital Authority and Matt Beitzel from the ACT Government also gave presentations.

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The 45th ANSA Burrinjuck Convention

 

On 1 - 3 November 2019, 173 anglers from 14 fishing clubs across New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory and even Adelaide lined up for the 45th ANSA Burrinjuck Convention at Lake Burrinjuck hosted by the Canberra Fisherman's Club.

CFC members arrived early Friday morning to set up the Convention HQ at Lawlers while Zachary Zhao and Alex Steele fed the King Parrots and tried to make friends with the local roos.

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Fishing the 2019 ANSA Lake Lyell Convention

Anglers and their boats lined up on the shores of Lake Lyell for the 12th ANSA Lake Lyell Convention.

The Convention was hosted by Sea Bees Fishing Club over 24 26 May 2019 at the Lake Lyell Recreation Park. The Convention is a catch and release length-based comp for Trout and Bass in Lake Lyell, Thompsons Creek Dam and Lake Wallace.

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The 51st ANSA Narooma Convention: CFC claims Gold in the Beach, Silver in Estuary, and Bronze for the Champion Club

Cemetery Beach fished best on Friday afternoon. Afterwards, the fish got smaller and smaller each day. But it still produced Convention winning fish over the weekend.

The Narooma Sport and Gamefishing Club hosted the 51st annual ANSA Narooma Convention on 8 – 10 March 2019. This year, the Convention was well attended, with eleven ANSA Clubs from all over New South Wales, including Sydney, Wollongong, Nowra, Canberra, and the South Coast. Glen and Karen Malam, Kevin Spriggs, Steve Bailey, Noel Dix, Chris Head, Wendie McDonald, Brian Stacy and I travelled to Narooma to represent the Canberra Fisherman's Club.

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Fishing the ANSA Nowra Convention: 15-17 February 2019

John Bosch, Canberra Fisherman's Club, with a 62 cm St Georges Basin Flathead on day 2 of the Convention.

Seventy-five anglers from eight fishing clubs across New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory lined up for the ANSA Nowra Convention at Culburra Beach Holiday Park hosted by the Nowra Sportsfishing Club. The Convention was held over the weekend of 15-17 February 2019.

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The 44th ANSA Burrinjuck Convention

Narelle Tate (Canberra Fisherman's Club) with a 4.36 Carp, which won her the trophy for Highest Point Scoring Carp Ladies.

One hundred and fifty-seven anglers from 14 fishing clubs across New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory lined up for the ANSA NSW Convention at Lake Burrinjuck hosted by the Canberra Fisherman's Club. The Convention was held over the weekend of 2-4 November 2018.

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