National Carp Control Plan

Recently, cyprinid herpesvirus (CyHV-3), commonly known as carp herpesvirus, has been proposed as a potential biological control method for carp in Australia. It has the potential to substantially reduce Australian carp populations, with impacts likely to be increased when used in an integrated Carp management control program.

The use of CyHV-3 as a potential carp biological control agent has been investigated by researchers at CSIRO’s Australian Animal Health Laboratory with funding from the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre for several years.

On 1 May 2016, the Australian Government announced it is investing $15 million over two and half years to develop the National Carp Control Plan to undertake further research, approvals, and consultation to develop a comprehensive plan for a potential release of CyHV-3 by the end of 2019.

The key objectives of the National Carp Control Plan (NCCP) are to:

  • undertake research and development to address knowledge gaps, and better understand and manage risks to support the potential release of the carp virus, subsequent clean-up and recovery of native fish and ecosystems plan for an integrated approach to control carp in Australia’s waterways,
  • build community awareness and support for the proposal to release the carp virus, and identify and address stakeholders’ and communities’ concerns about the proposal develop detailed strategies for release of the carp virus and subsequent clean-up,
  • support national coordination on all elements of the NCCP’s development.

Visit the NCCP website at 

More information about carp herpesvirus research

The Clearer Waters Alliance Media Releases

Carp herpevirus project partners


Last updated: February 6, 2019
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