The National Carp Control Plan is holding a series of stakeholder and community workshops this month in key regional locations to seek understanding from community members on a range of topics about potential control measures.
The community are invited to attend the free information sessions to hear first-hand from the NCCP team and contribute their thoughts on the carp problem in their regions.
The sessions will discuss the prevalence of carp in local waterways, how waterways are used by the community and the benefits or impacts of potential carp reduction.
A community consultation will also explore the potential use of a biocontrol measure—a carp-specific virus which has the potential to reduce carp numbers in Australia by more than 70 per cent.
The team will explain to the community that a carp reduction would have dramatic benefits for water quality, aquatic vegetation, native fish, fishing and irrigation.
PIRSA senior biosecurity Officer for aquatic pest response Alex Chalupa said residents and recreational users of the River Murray are particularly interested in the National Carp Control Plan.
Mr Chalupa said the information sessions are a great opportunity for the community to share their experiences and thoughts on carp control, which would directly help shape the national plan.
Sessions will be held from 6-8pm at Berri, December 11, Goolwa, December 12, Mannum, February 5 and West Beach on February 6.
For more information visit carp.gov.au.