PestSmart Case Study: Carp spawning hotspots

Carp have become the dominant species within the Murray–Darling Basin (MDB) and an effective, integrated strategy is needed to control them. An important first step of such a program is to determine the status and biology of carp populations throughout the MDB, and so identify any weaknesses that offer an opportunity for enhanced control.

A study in New South Wales (NSW) indicated that carp do not reproduce throughout entire river systems, and that the  majority of juvenile carp originate from a relatively small number of locations. These sites are known as ‘recruitment hotspots’. In NSW, carp hotspots include important wetlands such as the Macquarie Marshes, Namoi Wetlands, Gwydir
Wetlands and the Barmah–Millewa Forest.

Case study on the identification of carp spawning and recruitment hotspots in the Murray-Darling Basin. Produced by the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre as part of the PestSmart series.

Documents: PestSmart Case Study: Carp spawning hotspots
Links: PestSmart Toolkit carp page
Author: Invasive Animals CRC
Year: 2012
Publisher: Invasive Animals CRC
Pages: 2 pp
ISBN/ISSN: PestSmart code: CPCS1
Region: NSW

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