What you can do to help
Koi hobbyists and breeders
- Only keep koi in places (garden ponds and other outdoor containers) where they cannot escape into natural waterways.
- Remember that it is illegal to stock carp into streams, rivers or lakes in NSW and fines of up to $11,000 apply.
- Do not use live carp as bait. The use of live carp as bait in freshwater is illegal and carries a high probability of infesting new areas with carp.
- Ensure your boat and trailer are free of weed before re-launching to avoid the possibility of spreading carp eggs and juveniles.
- Take part in native fish restocking programs with your local angling group, and support recreational fishing for carp in your area.
- Manage your land in a way that reduces damage to natural waterways, for example by restricting stock access to stream banks and conserving or restoring riparian vegetation.
- Assist efforts to restore our rivers (which can help native fauna to out-compete carp) by taking part in a Rivercare, Landcare or Waterwatch project.
- Support the commercial harvesting of carp by purchasing products such as carp-based fertilisers or pet food.
- Report any sightings of carp outside their known distribution to your local I&I NSW Office.