Since the cancellation of the 2005 Carp Comp, Carpbusters have been working behind the scenes on some terrific developments for the future of the native fishery.
Carpbusters have been working with the QDPI and the Beaudesert Shire Council on a Native Fish Management and Education Plan.
Several proposals have been achieved, including a successful presentation from QDPI and Carpbusters to the Beaudesert Shire Council in May 2005. After this presentation, the Council committed funds to develop a site on the Logan River for educational signage, directional maps and access to fishing areas within the Beaudesert Shire.
QDPI supplied signage on pest fish such as carp and tilapia and some generic signage to assist the project.
Beaudesert Shire Council also attended the Southern Freshwater Fisheries Workshop in Stanthorpe with Carpbusters representatives to further expand their knowledge on the social and economic benefits of a sustainable freshwater recreational fishery.
Carpbusters has signed off as a participating member of the AIACRC (Australasian Invasive Animal Co-operative Research Centre). This project will include trials of carp control techniques in the Logan and Albert rivers, tracking of carp to identify breeding areas, larval drift sampling, which will provide information on the native fish population, as well as trapping and removal where possible. The AIACRC is eager to use the Carp Eradication Comps as a major component for their studies. This should see the issue of public liability put to rest and allow for Carp Comps to continue in the future.
Carpbusters has assisted other groups with issues of pest fish and a community group from Cairns known as the Tilapia Terminators is set to hold its first Tilapia comp. In western Queensland, Roma and Surat are set to give the carp a hiding. The local NRM group is helping financially to get these areas into Carpbusting and have recognised how effective Carp Comps can be.
These successes have come about through sponsorship and support from many organisations. On November 5 and 6, 2005 Carpbusters will be holding a Native Fish Release Weekend on the Albert River. – Jim Walsh, President Carpbusters IncReads: 2555