The most balanced article on Australia’s National Carp Control Program (NCCP) – KHV or not…

“The idea of biocontrol is controversial, with a chequered history in Australia. On [the] NCCP Facebook page, lively comments range from ‘Bring on the virus!’ to ‘This is insane.’..

Numerous approaches have been attempted to control carp numbers since their first explosion in the ’70s. But over that time, carp populations have trebled. Carp are recognised as a significant pest species, both in Australia and internationally.”

What I really want to know is…

1. What triggered their population explosion in the 1970’s? Carp had been introduced by the government many decades earlier.

2. Carp had been farmed for centuries. How did this virus only just appear on the scene in the last 15-20 years?

3. As part of NCCP’s stakeholder consultation process, they’ve set-up a Facebook page. Why isn’t the Facebook link working anymore? Where has the page gone?

Read more –

The deadline for a decision is by the end of 2018.

Yours sincerely,

Dr Richmond Loh
DipProjMgt, BSc, BVMS, MPhil (Pathology), MANZCVS (Aquatics& Pathobiology), CertAqV, NATA Signatory.

Aquatic Veterinarian & Veterinary Pathologist.

Aquatic Veterinary Medical & Diagnostic Services.

Ph: +61 421 822 383

Mail: PO Box 5164, East Victoria Park, WA 6981, Australia.


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