Sydney’s $1 million carp!

FOLLOWING the Northern Territory’s successful $1 million barra campaign, one Sydney council has raised the idea of a similar bounty for the dreaded carp in one of the city’s most polluted waterways.

Sydney’s Daily Telegraph reported a $1 Million carp could be released into Parramatta River as part of a campaign to remove the noxious fish and attract fishos to the area.

The Daily Telgraph said the carp would be microchipped and the sponsorship money awarded when the device was identified after the fish was hauled from the river.

Sydney Business Chamber Western Sydney director David Borger told the Daily Telegraph putting a bounty on the carp was ideal because the species was non-native and the bounty would attract visitors to the area.

Borger said amateur fishermen were already fishing for carp from the banks of the Parramatta River because the council encouraged the culling of non-native fish.

Cr Paul Garrard said he thought the idea was a great opportunity to help reduce the number of carp in the river and it was something that the council should consider.

“We would have to attract a sponsor — maybe the Parramatta Eels,” Cr Garrard told the Telegraph.

“It could be the revenge of the eels, given the carp have invaded their habitat.”

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