Carp lurking in the waters

SOMETHING fishy has mysteriously appeared in the tranquil waters of See Park and while it isn't a great white shark it may be confirmed as something as dangerous and destructive.

A common aquatic pest in waterways across NSW, carp are notorious for their slaughterous effect on submerging vegetation, native fish species, water quality and natural river ecosystems.

And while the NSW Department of Primary Industries lists the Clarence region as an area where carp are presumed absent with unconfirmed reports, that label could be set to change.

A Turf St resident approached The Daily Examiner after sighting a group of boys who had caught what appeared to be carp in the See Park waterway.

Carp are listed as a Class 3 noxious species in NSW under the noxious species provisions of the Fisheries Management Act 1994.

Their versatility and aggressive colonisation of new environments, makes them a difficult pest to eradicate.

If they have swum their way into the Clarence Valley there could be detrimental consequences for our natural waterways.

Anyone who catches carp is advised to contact Clarence Valley Council on 66 430 200 or the NSW Department of Primary Industries on 1300 550 474.
 



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