FRDC releases National Carp Control Plan

Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) has now released the National Carp Control Plan (NCCP, or the Plan) for consideration by the Australian Government.

The NCCP provides an extensive body of research and analysis to inform decision-making about the potential use of a virus for biological control of European Carp, or common carp, in Australia. The Plan is the culmination of almost six years of work, including an extended interruption to laboratory studies during the COVID-19 pandemic. The research program underpinning the Plan involved 19 peer-reviewed studies and numerous planning investigations considering various aspects of carp
biocontrol. This work represents the largest body of research ever undertaken to evaluate the possible use of a biological control agent for an aquatic pest.
Results from this research provide an evidence base to help decision-makers determine the next steps regarding this important national issue.

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