Policy on Carp in Australia

The Australian Society For Limnology (ASL) is an scientific society whose focus is the study and management of inland waters. The ASL was established in 1961, and has a current membership of over 650 scientists, managers, engineers, teachers and tertiary level students from all states and territories.

Carp, Cyprinus carpio, are one of the most significant of the animal species that have been introduced to Australia?s waters. They are also among the most widespread aquatic species; Cyprinus carpio now occurs in every State and is the dominant fish species in rivers of the Murray-Darling Basin, especially below about 500 metres altitude. Carp have become the focus of intense debates, initially about their environmental impacts and, more recently, about potential control methods. In rural communities especially, there is widespread support for the view that carp invasion of Australia?s fresh waters is a national environmental problem. It is a noxious species in a number of States.

The ASL goal for carp is:
‘To conserve Australia?s inland and coastal water bodies, in collaboration with relevant research and management bodies, by achieving a scientific understanding of the ecological significance of carp and by promoting the development and use of sustainable carp-control methods based on sound pest-management principles.’

Author Australian Society for Limnology
Date null
Year 2006
Institution Australian Society for Limnology
Notes Notes
Links http://www.asl.org.au/policies/asl_poldoc_carp.htm