Carp – Cyprinus carpio

Carp are a large freshwater fish native to central Asia. Introductions in many countries have helped to make carp the most widely distributed freshwater fish in the world. They are extensively farmed in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, and are a popular angling fish in Europe. However, in North America, Canada and Australia, carp are considered a significant pest.

Carp are very versatile, and can live in a great variety of habitats including highly degraded areas. Over the past few decades carp have spread across most of south-eastern Australia. They are now the most abundant large freshwater fish in some areas, including most of the Murray-Darling basin, and are thought to have contributed to the degradation of our natural aquatic ecosystems.

Author NSW Department of Primary Industries
Date null
Year 2005
Publisher NSW Department of Primary Industries
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Region NSW