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Wangaratta Sustainability Networks Carp removal

program
presented by Tony Lane & Kelvin Berry

The Beginning
 “Clean up” the Ovens River – remove European Carp

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Initial approach- 3years
 Carp pod trap program
 Community involvement

 Disposal- value as a resource
 Working with schools

 Seizing opportunity's

Ovens
River
Catchment

Contained
catchment
draining into
Murray River.

Project area
 Ovens River
 Rocky point –
Boorhaman
(46km direct line)

X

 King River

X

 & smaller tributaries

Forming a partnership
 ARI Electrofishing
 Landholders adjoining the rivers
 Team with and extend the program

by WSN sourcing their own funding.
 Capacity to cover a larger area, new sites

Larger sample size aids in understanding
 Breeding cycles
 Movement of carp through
river system
 Locating carp hot spots
 Recolonising rates

Creating awareness
 Media- extensive local support
 Print North East Angler magazine

 Volunteers
 Recreational fishers

 Bait and tackle shops
 Interest from other

Landcare Groups & Catchments

Results
 Collect robust data- scientific standard
 Location
 Numbers
 Size
 Total 1211 carp removed
 4160KG (4 tonne)

What the results said?
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Carp Qty & Size

Qty

Total number of carp caught
473

50

40

30

20

10

0
32 33 34 35 36 37 38 3940

42 43444546

48

50

52

54 55 56

58

Length cm

60

62 636465666768

70

72 73 74

76

78

80

82

84

What the results said?
Number of carp caught at each site

Qty
70
60

50
40
30
20
10
0
Site 1

Site 2

Site 3

Site 4

Site 5

Site 6

Site 7

Site 8

Site 9 Site 10 Site 11 Site 12 Site 13 Site 14 Site 15 Site 16 Site 17 Site 18

Next approach…ideas
 Starts today.. .forming additional partnerships & networks.
 Confirming the role of a community group in carp control

& river health.
 Establish the next three year plan.
 Determining the appropriate use of
 Electrofishing –boat & backpack
 Pod traps
 Carp cages
 Community fishing events

• Sharing our success.

What does success look like?

& released

caught

caught & disposed