Clearer Waters: the release of the carp herpesvirus


Recently, cyprinid herpesvirus (CyHV-3), commonly known as carp herpesvirus, has been proposed as a potential biological control method for carp in Australia. It has the potential to substantially reduce Australian carp populations, with impacts likely to be increased when used in an integrated Carp management control program.

The use of CyHV-3 as a potential carp biological control agent has been investigated by researchers at CSIRO’s Australian Animal Health Laboratory with funding from the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre for several years [ Download the Clearer Waters Factsheet ]

On 1 May 2016, the Australian Government announced it is investing $15 million over two and half years to develop the National Carp Control Plan to undertake further research, approvals, and consultation to develop a comprehensive plan for a potential release of CyHV-3 by the end of 2018.

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Last updated: October 7, 2016