COMMERCIAL fishermen are helping Parks Victoria remove up to 30 tonnes of carp from the Sale Common, in Sale, Victoria, to avoid a mass fish kill. According to an item on the ABC Facebook page, Parks Victoria Ranger Chris Holmes says the carp need to be removed before they start to die and deoxygenate the water.
It’s tricky work as John Ingram from Ingram Wild Caught Fisheries explains in this video. He and his dad are fishing with the help of day-release prisoners from Fulham Correctional Centre.
So what is going to happen to all those carp? They’re being transported for research as part of the National Carp Control Plan. The National Carp Control Plan is trialing waste products it could make from the dead fish, if the herpes virus is released. So far that includes fishmeal and compost.