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.
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 2019.
The key objectives of the National Carp Control Plan (NCCP) are to:
- undertake research and development to address knowledge gaps, and better understand and manage risks to support the potential release of the carp virus, subsequent clean-up and recovery of native fish and ecosystems plan for an integrated approach to control carp in Australia’s waterways,
- build community awareness and support for the proposal to release the carp virus, and identify and address stakeholders’ and communities’ concerns about the proposal develop detailed strategies for release of the carp virus and subsequent clean-up,
- support national coordination on all elements of the NCCP’s development.
Visit the NCCP website at www.carp.gov.au
More information about carp herpesvirus research
- Final report: Phase 3 of the carp herpesvirus project (CyHV-3) - Download the Report This report represents the culmination of work conducted in Phase 3 of a study to investigate the potential of Cyprinid herpesvirus 3 (CyHV-3; also known as […]
- Carp herpesvirus: Frequently asked questions - The proposed release of a carp herpesvirus has raised many questions from the public around how it will work, will it work and what will happen with all the dead […]
- Reclaiming our rivers from the stronghold of feral fish - Just as biocontrol agents have been successfully used to control rabbits in Australia, we’re confident that a virus that has been killing carp overseas could do a similar job in our waterways.
- Cyprinid herpesvirus 3, CyHV-3: its potential as a biological control agent for carp in Australia - Carp (Cyprinus carpio), members of the cyprinid family, were probably introduced to Australia in the 19th Century, but they did not become a problem until the 1960s when a strain […]
- Review of the literature on cyprinid herpesvirus 3 (CyHV-3) and its disease - A disease in carp that was associated with high mortality and that appeared to be of viral aetiology was first described in 1997 in Germany (Bretzinger et al, 1999), and […]
- Pathways to adoption of Cyprinid herpesvirus 3 as a biological control agent for carp in Australia - This report outlines the approval process required for Cyprinid herpesvirus 3 (CyHV-3) to be used as a biological control agent for carp in Australia. It discusses the relevant legislation, safety […]
- Fact-sheet: Carp herpesvirus as a biological control for carp in Australia - Introduction Carp (Cyprinus carpio) are not native to Australia, but they now dominate fish communities throughout many inland waterways. Widespread eradication of these established populations would be difficult, costly and […]
The Clearer Waters Alliance Media Releases
- April 6th 2016 – Carp herpesvirus first step in native fish recovery says Alliance
- January 13th 2016 – Unified call to action on Carp management
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Last updated: February 6, 2019