PestSmart Factsheet: Introduction and distribution of carp in Australia

The first attempts to introduce carp to Australia were made in the late 1850s. The first of these into Tasmania in 1858 was not successful. An introduction to Victoria in 1859 succeeded in establishing a population in the Botanic Gardens in Melbourne, which persisted until 1962. Carp do not appear to have spread from there. These introductions reflect the community attitudes at the time, with attempts being made by acclimatisation groups to introduce many European species. For example, brown trout were first successfully introduced to Tasmania from the United Kingdom in 1864 and a variety of other new plants and animals were also imported to provide both food and recreation for colonial residents.

Produced by the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre as part of the PestSmart series.

Documents: PestSmart Factsheet: Introduction and distribution of carp in Australia
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Author: Invasive Animals CRC
Year: 2012
Publisher: Invasive Animals CRC
Pages: 2 pp
ISBN/ISSN: PestSmart code: CPFS6
Region: Australia - national

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