Guidelines to inform the selection and implementation of carp management options at wetland inlets: a test case for South Australia

The aim of these guidelines is not to assist in forming decisions about management strategies or prioritising wetland management objectives for incorporation into a wetland management plan, but to ensure successful outcomes in relation to managing carp at wetland inlets through careful planning and detailed knowledge of the site in question (eg baseline fauna and flora surveys undertaken in the last three years). Essentially, the guidelines will help community groups and wetland managers to establish whether carp management interventions are worthwhile, and to subsequently choose the right carp management option for a particular wetland type. The guidelines require that a wetland management plan has already been developed and carp management is a high enough priority to warrant action. Key to developing wetland management plans is to conduct a rigorous assessment as to whether the proposed actions will deliver the intended environmental benefits. Success should then be monitored using an appropriate monitoring program. Sometimes, the best solution is not the most obvious. Poorly selected, designed or implemented projects can cause more environmental harm than benefits. Sometimes, the best action is no action.

AuthorBen Smith, Leigh Thwaites and Anthony Conallin
Place publishedCanberra
PublisherInvasive Animals CRC
InstitutionSouth Australian Research and Development Institut
Pages32 pp
ISBN/ISSNISBN: 978-0-9806716-5-0
DocumentsPestSmart: Guidelines for carp management at wetland inlets (1.2 kb PDF)
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