Benchmarking social attitudes to river health and carp management in the Lachlan River Catchment, NSW

Carp, Cyprinus carpio, are a large freshwater fish native to Asia and considered a significant pest in Australia. The introduction of carp into Australian inland waters has raised serious concerns about the impacts the species is having on these aquatic systems and a strong interest in devising ways to manage carp populations.
This paper reports on the analysis of responses from a survey conducted in the Lachlan River Catchment, NSW, which aimed to benchmark the community?s perceived assessment of the health of the river, impacts of carp on that health and options for future management of carp in the river system.
The research indicated that there is a general belief that the condition of the Lachlan is degraded and that the carp population is a contributing factor. There is also a perception that insufficient resources are being allocated to carp management.
The survey results indicate the community will support carp management programs but that they will have certain expectations in terms of carp control and improving river
features. The baseline data provides an insight into local opinions and expectations and can be a starting point for engaging the community to help manage carp in the Lachlan River Catchment.

Author ANNE WALLIS, ALECIA KELLY, SCOTT SALZMANN, DEAN GILLIGAN AND DEAN HARTWELL
Date null
Year 2009
Place published City
Publisher Deakin University
Pages 52 pp
Notes Notes
Region NSW
Documents Benchmarking social attitudes