They are going to need a bigger boat!
Parks Victoria is undertaking an urgent European Carp removal program from the Sale Common Nature Conservation Reserve to avoid a potential black water event.
In times of natural flooding, Carp enter the wetlands from the Latrobe River and can co-exist with native species when the water levels are high. However, the wetlands are now going through a natural drying phase, so the huge numbers of Carp currently found within the Sale Common are rapidly deoxygenating the water as the water levels recede.
Parks Victoria has had to act swiftly to remove up to 30 tonnes of Carp to avoid a ‘mass fish kill’ event, which would ultimately impact on the long-term health of the wetland and native aquatic animals such as platypus, eels, water rats and crustaceans.
“Removing up to 30 tonnes of Carp from the Sale Common Nature Conservation Reserve is no easy feat and this operation will take about 8 days to complete,” Parks Victoria Ranger Team Leader Chris Holmes said.