Use of chemicals as poisons for pest fish control

Chemicals can be used to eradicate small, isolated populations of pest fish quickly (spot removal) and with a moderate cost, provided that the benefits clearly outweigh any harm to native species and the environment. There have been a number of attempts to control pest fish in Australia and almost half of these have included the use of chemicals (fish poisons are known as ‘piscicides’). Examples are the successful eradication of carp from Tasmania in the 1970s and from the Cooper Creek drainage in South Australia.

Produced by the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre as part of the PestSmart series.

Documents PestSmart Factsheet: Use of chemicals as poisons for pest fish control  [340kb PDF]
Author Invasive Animals CRC
Year 2012
Publisher Invasive Animals CRC
Pages 2 pp
ISBN/ISSN PestSmart code: PFFS1
Control method Poison / Toxin
Region Australia - national