ILWS - Charles Sturt University
ILWS - Charles Sturt University

Development of strategies to optimise release and clean up strategies underpinning possible use of herpes virus 3 (CyHV-3) for carp biocontrol in Australia. (2017)


Fisheries Research & Development Corporation. $39,000.


Dr Luiz Silva, Dr Lee Baumgartner and Keith Bell, K&C Fisheries Global PTY LTD

Research Theme (s)

Environmental Water and Biodiversity Conservation


The National Carp Control Plan (NCCP), operating within the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC), is developing a plan for the potential release of the virus known as Cyprinid herpesvirus 3 (CyHV-3, (hereafter ‘the carp virus’) to control invasive common carp, Cyprinus carpio, in Australian freshwater environments. A critical aspect is the potential impacts to waterways given the likelihood of significant numbers of carp dying considering the efficiency of the virus to kill this species.

In order to minimize the probability of impacting waterways due to the concentration of large biomass of fish carcases during the release of the virus, the development of a well-informed clean-up strategy becomes imperative.

This project conducted a systematic review of methods and procedures adopted worldwide for efficient removal of fish carcases during large mortality events.

It aimed to provide information on practical and science-based procedures that have been adopted in Australia and elsewhere in the world, in order to support the establishment of a strategic clean-up plan suitable for the National Carp Control Plan.


The expected outcome of this project was a summary of practical and science-based procedures that support a strategic clean-up plan for the National Carp Control Plan.


Dr Luiz Silva


January 2018