Webinar: Carp - a 50-year history of environmental impact

Join Arthur Rylah Institute Senior Scientist, Ivor Stuart, to learn how carp impact our waterways, and how an integrated approach can reduce this invasive species to enable ecosystem recovery. This webinar was recorded on 1 October, 2020.

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Since their escape in the 1960s, carp have invaded much of the Australian continent – resulting in catastrophic ecosystem impacts. Carp control is a key to achieving healthy, self-sustaining aquatic ecosystems.

Understanding carp life-history is a key to successful management. The way forward is for everyone to clearly define how we want our rivers to look in ten years’ time, then formulate integrated pest management plans using multiple techniques to drive carp below impact-thresholds (i.e. less than 80 kg/ha), which will enable ecosystem recovery.


For further information and resources, visit the Arthur Rylah Institute’s webpage on pest species.

About the presenter

Ivor is a Senior Scientist at the Arthur Rylah Institute and has 30 years’ experience as a fisheries researcher in Victoria, New South Wales and Queenslad. He specialises in fishways, carp management and restoring native fish populations through excellent river management. Ivor recently led a project to estimate the national biomass of carp in Australia.

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