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by | Nov 8, 2021 | Community, Events, Sport

This weekend: Locals invited to Carp & Tilapia Eradication Comp at Wyaralong Dam

Scenic Rim Deputy Mayor and Division 4 Councillor Michael Enright says that by targeting two invasive fish species, the Carp and Tilapia, Council can help protect the biodiversity and health of local waterways.

Council’s Natural Resources Officer Adam Maskelyne identifying an invasive fish at the Scenic Rim Carp Cup.

This weekend, locals are invited to come along to the ‘Wyaralong Dam Carp & Tilapia Eradication Competition‘ organised by the Logan and Albert Fish Management Association.

The event is designed to offer keen fishers of all ages a fun and educational morning out while removing the harmful pests.

“Both Carp and Tilapia are declared species of noxious fish which means they have been declared harmful by Queensland Law because they are a serious pest to native aquatic communities,” Scenic Rim Deputy Mayor and Division 4 Councillor Michael Enright says, adding that by targeting two invasive fish species, the Carp and Tilapia, Council can help protect the biodiversity and health of local waterways.

 

“Their negative impact can lead to poor water quality and upset the balance in the food chain that is unsustainable for native fish.

 

“This means they must not be released into Queensland waters or be used as bait, and must be immediately killed after being caught. By doing this it ensures we can continue the health of our waterways and allow other native fish in the region to flourish and increase in numbers.

Registrations open Friday afternoon 12 November or from 5.30am on Saturday 13 November at Wyaralong Dam.

The event will have a range of prizes and helps raise funds for the Association’s Australian native fish stocks.

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