Goondiwindi’s fishing enthusiasts gathered last week to cast their feedback about local carp control measures and native fishing experiences.
Community members heard presentations from the Community members heard presentations from the National Carp Control Plan (NCCP) which is exploring possible use of a species-specific virus as a biological control method for carp in Australian waterways.
The event was hosted by the Queensland Murray-Darling Committee (QMDC) in partnership with the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation, and the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Queensland.
Participants also heard from QMDC which is developing a native fish management plan within the Queensland Murray-Darling Basin.
They also provided important feedback on their local areas around Goondiwindi, including recent fishing experiences within the Basin.
Members from Goondiwindi fish restocking club were in attendance to learn more about the potential use of the carp virus and to give their feedback on what restocking efforts have taken place in the area recently.
Club member Rob Collins said 30,000 yellowbelly and 3000 cod were stocked into the Macintyre River and Brigalow Creek in January with another 40,000 yellowbelly due to go into the river last Friday.
Attendees were particularly interested in learning more about where the virus is being considered for first release to control carp, how to deliver a safe and effective clean-up strategy should it go ahead and the risk of reinfestation based on flood events.
While the main concerns for native fishing included restocking, overfishing practices, lack of current research about what native fish are living in the water and environmental effects in the river system including water quality and drought.
The event in Goondiwindi was the third in a series of four events co-hosted by QMDC and the NCCP regarding the fishing experience in the Queensland Murray Darling Basin.
The plan is being produced with support from a grant from the Australian Government through the Building Better Regions Fund.