Inland Fisheries Service presents Tasmanian carp eradication efforts at International fish conference


Recently the Carp Management Program (CMP) Leader Jonah Yick presented the successful Tasmanian carp eradication efforts at the 2023 joint 11th Indo-Pacific Fish Conference/Australian Society for Fish Biology Conference in Auckland, New Zealand. The conference ran from the 20th to the 24th of November.

The Indo-Pacific Fish Conference (IPFC), held every four years, is one of the world’s premier ichthyological conferences and is eagerly anticipated by marine, estuarine and freshwater fish enthusiasts alike. The Australian Society for Fish Biology (ASFB), founded in 1971, promotes research, education and management of fish and fisheries across the Indo-Pacific. The ASFB is the peak body for fish and fisheries scientists and managers in Australasia, with over 400 members from across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific nations. The joint meetings of these two conferences provided a rare (once in four years) opportunity for government representatives, fisheries managers, scientists/researchers, and students from around the world to meet, network, and share knowledge on the latest fish related projects they are undertaking.

Over 500 delegates attended the conference, which consisted of 400 oral presentations and 100 posters. Jonah Yick talked about how carp eradication was achieved in Lake Crescent, then how the techniques were refined and applied to Lake Sorell. The 28 year program which resulted in the functional eradication of carp from Lake Sorell, and consequently Tasmania was well received by all delegates.

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