1. Are Carp bad?
2. How do you identify a Carp?
3. Are Carp affecting the breeding process of native fish?
4. What are the Carp doing to wreck the Murray River?
5. What do I do if I find a Carp?
6. How large can Carp get?
7 How badly do Carp effect the Environment?
8. What do the Carp cause?
Do carp stop the breeding of native fish?
Do carp harm other fish?
Why are carp such a big problem?
How big can carp grow?
How do you identify carp?
How do they harm the environment?
Do carp stop the breeding of native fish? How do carp damage the Murray?
Are carp good for the Murray?
Do carp kill native fish when they’re little?
Are carp eating the native fish food resorces?
Where do I put my carp after fishing at the river?
What does a carp look like?
How big do carp get?
How badly do carp harm the environment?
Are carp bad in the Murray River?
Do carp effect breeding of fish?
Smelly, rotting fish - NOT PLEASANT!
Last Thursday we went to Johnson’s Bend there was the smell of dead, rotting fish. But we found a lot of bad stuff like dumped household rubbish, the carp stench was awful it was so bad that’s why I think we should have a ‘Clean up Australia Day’ at Johnson’s Bend and also a Catch a Carp Day.
‘Catch a Carp’ is an event held once a year at the Murray River, in our town. Everyone goes to the Murray River and tries to catch a carp. Carp are a big pest to the Murray because they are an introduced species and they breed quickly. They also are not good for native fish and the river.
So they have a ‘Catch a Carp day’ to try and reduce the amount of carp in the river. A large number of people come and try to catch a carp. Last year I went from about 12pm to 1pm. A group of students from our school performed for some of the people there. It went really well. Our performance was great. I took my shoes off and just wore my socks for the performance. My socks got prickles and grass all over them. Oops! It was heaps of fun! This is one of the many things we do at the Murray.
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On Sunday 26th of October 13 students who were in the Murray Darling Basin Commission Youth Environment Conference went to ‘Catch a Carp Day’ to perform. I was first to arrive so I helped Mrs. Vorwerk unload everything.
When Teagan and her Mum came we went in search to find where we were going to perform while Mrs Vorwerk waited for the others to arrive. After walking for awhile we asked someone and they told us to wait. While we were waiting other people came and waited with us. Another staff member from Catch a Carp day came and said they were going to get a marquee ready so we weren’t in the sun because it was very hot and windy. After waiting for a while we got in our costumes ready to perform.
First up was Tanzina, Trent and Joel representing the Water Allocation Team, then the Living Murray Team performed and my team was last. Because everyone couldn’t come we all had to help each other so I was a fisherperson in the Living Murray presentation then I had lots of parts in the ‘Protect the Zone and help the River’ presentation as I was a member of the Contaminant family.
There were many people fishing for carp so hopefully there will be a lot less carp in the river!
‘Catch a Carp Day’ is held annually in Mildura. Hundreds of very keen anglers attend and try to catch as many carp as they can to rid the river of this introduced species. Everyone that catches a carp automatically goes into the draw for the $500.00 prize. The event is organised by the Mallee Catchment Authority and is aimed at encouraging people to learn more about the Murray River system and what is being done to help improve its health.
A New South Wales fishing licence is needed to fish in the River for adults.
Mildura West students successfully presented for 30 minutes sharing with the public the importance of caring for all aspects of the River.
Why is it important to hold special days such as ‘Catch a Carp Day’ to help our rivers survive?