Carp-culling pro­gram called into ques­tion by Syd­ney Uni­ver­sity

North East & Goulburn Murray Farmer - - NEWS -

A PLAN to slash carp fish num­bers in Aus­tralia’s wa­ter­ways by in­fect­ing the pest-species with a her­pes virus has been called into ques­tion by Uni­ver­sity of Syd­ney ex­perts.

The warn­ing, pub­lished last month in Aus­tralian Zo­ol­o­gist, comes as the Fish­eries Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion in­ves­ti­gates whether to go ahead with a planned re­lease of the virus in an ef­fort to help re­build na­tive fish num­bers in Aus­tralia’s wa­ter­ways.

“The re­lease of this her­pes virus in our wa­ter­ways will un­doubt­edly cause a sin­gle epi­demic of her­pes virus dis­ease re­sult­ing in mas­sive deaths among carp,” said author As­so­ciate Pro­fes­sor Joy Becker of the uni­ver­sity’s School of Life En­vi­ron­men­tal Sciences.

“How­ever, there’s lit­tle ev­i­dence to sug­gest that we will see re­peated out­breaks of a mag­ni­tude to counter the re­pro­duc­tive po­ten­tial of the sur­viv­ing carp.”

Dr Becker, who is a mem­ber of the gov­ern­ment’s Na­tional Carp Con­trol Pro­gram Sci­en­tific Ad­vi­sory Group, has com­mu­ni­cated her ad­vice to the NCCP and to col­leagues at sci­en­tific meet­ings.

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