Here’s a “novel idea” for carp control. So far, there’s been a lot of discussions centering upon the “uselessness” of carp, that they’re not good for eating, and the best use of them is as fertiliser (Charlie Carp fertiliser available at Bunnings).
It’s long been known that aquaculture feeds are becoming increasingly expensive due to competitive use for artemia as larval fish feed, and fish meal (usually marine caught trash fish) being used for numerous aquacultured fish species. Several feed companies are now substituting fish meal with soy meal and the sort, however, these ingredients are also on the price rise, with so many competing uses for them.
Could we satisfy both carp control, and aquaculturist, if instead of eradicating carp, harvest them to turn into fish meal? This fish meal can be used as food for salmon, trout, barramundi, kingfish and many other farmed fish species. The list is endless!
Benefits I see:
1. Good starting point as fish feed since most of the nutrients are already in the fish, and would be high in omega-3 from the natural feeds available to them.
2. It’s “free”.
3. Turns “trash” into feed.
4. It’s sustainable.
5. Preserves Australia’s status as free of KHV (OIE-listed notifiable disease).
Let’s not waste our resources.
Let’s not waste Australia.
I invite your input and comments.