Carp dumping kicks up a stink

KEEP IT CLEAN: Coorong councillor Vern Leng said he believes fish dumping is an issue on the shores of the Murray.
KEEP IT CLEAN: Coorong councillor Vern Leng said he believes fish dumping is an issue on the shores of the Murray.

COORONG – The Coorong District Council will investigate ways to combat fish dumping in the area following concerns raised by one of its councillors.

Councillor Vern Leng said fish dumping was an issue for areas on the banks of the River Murray, especially during the holiday period.

“People catch carp, then of course the law says you can’t return them to water, and they’re not edible, so people leave them on the bank,” Cr Leng said. 

He said one carp was not too bad, but when it is a good fishing day and there are more, the smell can be unpleasant. He was concerned about the impact it could have on people spending time at the water’s edge.

“I ask people to consider others in days following and dispose of their catch.

“I would suggest to chop up and dispose of them, there is nothing stopping you from chopping them up and freezing them, then on the day of rubbish pick up, remember to put it in the rubbish bin,” Cr Leng said. 

Coorong District Council Chief Executive Officer Vincent Cammell said council had not had any official complaints about carp dumping.

Meanwhile, concerns have been raised about the risks of releasing a killer-virus into Australia’s carp population. Cyprinid herpesvirus, commonly known as carp herpesvirus (CyHV-3), has been proposed as a potential biological control method for carp in Australia.

It has the potential to substantially reduce Australian carp populations, with impacts likely to be increased when used in an integrated carp management control program.

Concerns have been raised the virus could evolve and spread to other fish, while rotting carp would suck oxygen out of the waterways.