Tassie nearly carp free

European carp like this one were discovered in Tasmania in 1995.

A TWENTY-FIVE year battle to eradicate European carp from Tasmanian lakes is coming to an end.

According to an article on the ABC website there are less than 20 of the pest fish remaining in the Apple Isle.

The Inland Fisheries Service (IFS) believes Lake Sorell in the state’s Central Highlands will be carp-free by next year, after a long and tedious eradication mission costing millions of dollars.

The fish was discovered in Lake Crescent in 1995 and in Lake Sorell a short time later.

Director of IFS John Diggle said it had been a “long war” against carp.

“We started a campaign of removal not sure if we could win or not.”

“Our first response was to try and restrict them in the system.”

A survey confirmed the carp invasion had been isolated to Lake Sorell and Lake Crescent.

Eradication was completed at Lake Crescent in 2007, but the task at the larger Lake Sorell proved more challenging.

Strategies including “spawning sabotage” and barrier netting have proved effective.

You can read the full article HERE.

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