Floodplain Invaders

Floodplain Invaders

On a recent floodplain wetland field visit in the southern Murray-Darling Basin, Jamie Kaye came across some extraordinary floodplain invaders.

The event showed how well-adapted, and advantageous, this pest has become.

Jamie, Waterways and Ecology Group Manager at Water Technology, observed the introduced European Carp (Cyprinus carpio) spawning event in the floodplain wetland.

Carp are the most abundant large freshwater fish in the Murray Darling Basin.  They disturbingly dominate freshwater fish communities in southeastern Australia, impacting on environmental, economic, social and cultural values.

In the management and restoration of wetlands, waterways and floodplains, we consider the impacts of pest plant and animal species.

If you’d like to know more about plant and animal management in waterways or wetlands, please contact Jamie Kaye on 1300 198 413 or the Waterways and Ecology Team.

Some of the Waterways and Ecology projects considering introduced pest species:

  • Fish-connectivity and Fishways
  • Fish Habitat Design and Monitoring
  • Pest Plant and Animal Management Planning
  • Water for the Environment
  • Waterway Action Plans
  • Stream Bed and Bank Erosion Interpretation and Management
  • Recreation Management Planning

About The Author

Luke McPhail
Luke is an integrated water management specialist with a passion for linking exceptional scientific and engineering solutions to real-world challenges. He joined Water Technology in 2016 with extensive experience in water management, software development, business development and marketing, commercialisation, training and support.

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