Carp Background

Carp photo 2 Common carp (Cyprinus carpio) were first introduced into Australia via Victoria in 1859 and New South Wales in 1865. Wild populations of carp remained relatively low until the 1960s. By 1998 carp were recorded in all but 7 of the 29 Victorian river basins and is now the dominant species of fish in urban waters in Melbourne.

Common carp were introduced to Victoria in 1859 and are now the dominant species in many waterways, having a major impact on the health of our waterways and our native fish populations.

Impacts of carp include decreased water quality, algal blooms, river bank damage and destruction of aquatic vegetation.