Pest carp in net

April 17, 2018

Paul Dainton from council will be available to talk about their Carp control program involves electro fishing to stun and remove carp at Mooroopna Recreation Reserve lake.

Greater Shepparton City Council contractors at Mooroopna Recreation Reserve Lake.

A large number of carp were caught yesterday morning at Lake Bartlett in Tatura.

Greater Shepparton City Council’s native open space co-ordinator Paul Dainton with a big carp.

The Greater Shepparton City Council’s electro-fishing program started yesterday at Mooroopna Recreation Reserve Lake.

Council’s native open space co-ordinator Paul Dainton said the council was taking steps to ensure our lakes remained healthy and the native fish stocks were protected from carp.

‘‘The last electro-fishing program was conducted in 2014,’’ he said.

‘‘The warmer conditions have created the ideal environment for carp to breed and numbers have increased again.’’

Mr Dainton said the carp control process involved electro-fishing that emitted a high voltage current into the water, stunning fish — caught in the electromagnetic field.

‘‘All stunned native, both small and large, are removed from the water and kept in holding tanks until the electro-fishing is complete,’’ he said.

‘‘The natives are returned back into the water unharmed and the carp, including goldfish which are closely related, are removed.’’

Mr Dainton said the council had contracted a company to do electro-fishing in Mooroopna, Victoria Park Lake, Parkside Gardens wetlands, Lake Bartlett, Lake Lowanna and Lake Amaroo.

‘‘The carp are humanely euthanised and disposed of at our organic waste facility,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s only going to benefit the natives.’’

The electro-fishing program began yesterday and will run until Thursday, April 19.

For more information, phone the council’s customer service team on 58329700.

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