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Common carpCarp are a large introduced freshwater fish which are common throughout most of NSW. They are well known as a pest because of their destructive bottom-feeding habits, which stir up sediments and muddy the water. Over the years carp have been the focus of countless control efforts by government bodies and concerned members of the community.

Unfortunately, any pest as widespread and abundant as carp is impossible to eradicate completely. All the same, many people around the State are involved in programs to tackle this pest and help restore waterways to tip the balance in favour of native fish.

These pages provide plenty of useful information and links, including a comprehensive section on carp control options and considerations.

Key contacts – carp control

For more advice or assistance on a particular approach, contact one of the following:

  • Aquatic Habitat Rehabilitation – Port Stephens (02 4982 1232) – regarding opportunities to tie in carp control with existing aquatic rehabilitation projects or to develop new projects;
  • Recreational Fisheries Management – Cronulla (02 9527 8411) – regarding responsible fishing practices, the Code of Practice for fishing events, organising a successful public fishing event, or to request attendance of Recreational Fishing Trust-funded education staff at a fishing event;
  • Recreational Fisheries Management – Albury (02 6042 4200) – for freshwater fish stocking or general inland fishing enquiries;
  • Commercial Fisheries Management (carp) – Cronulla (02 9527 8411) – for contact details of licensed commercial fishers (IRF endorsement holders) for contract work;
  • Aquatic Biosecurity – Port Stephens (02 4982 1232) – for further advice on carp control options or to report carp in new areas;
  • Aquatic Ecosystems Research – Port Stephens (02 4982 1232) – regarding research and development of carp control options, including exclusion screens.