Australia To Eradicate Carp With Herpes Virus

Posted: May 4 2016, 8:38am CDT | by , Updated: May 5 2016, 12:21am CDT, in Latest Science News


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Australia to Eradicate Carp with Herpes Virus
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  • Australia Plans to Eradicate Carp Populations via Herpes Virus

The Government of Australia is to eradicate carp populations via the judicious use of the herpes virus. Over $15 million is being siphoned off into this effort.

Australia’s federal budget will cover a $15 million plan to erase signs of excess carp populations. These fish are a form of wildlife that has gotten out of control and decimation of their populations is needed.

The herpes virus is being used in the eradication efforts. Scientists are already looking into the matter by testing the virus on similar fish in captivity. They have determined the fact that this virus is a safe way of controlling the carp populations without harming other species.

This virus has a deep impact on the skin and kidneys of the carp fish. After a week’s duration, the fish undergoes changes that kill it within a 24 hour’s time span.

This scheme will be finalized soon and then it will go into action. Only once it is implemented will the carp population go down.

The problem with carp fish is that they are a pesky bunch of varmints that cause a lot of biomass to accumulate in the bodies of water in Australia. The waterways have been damaged thoroughly by these carp populations.

Over the years, this degradation of the waters thanks to these pests has been extensive. Now finally the government and the people have put their foot down.

This viral agent will hopefully work just fine to erase any signs of excess carp fish in the water bodies. A plan is needed though and the process ought not to be haphazard in nature.

The carp were causing damages amounting to $500 million on an annual basis, according to The Guardian. Such measures as fishing, trapping and quarantine methods had all failed. So this viral strategy was used as a last ditch stand against the carp populations which just wouldn’t subside.

These carp tend to harm other species as well. They not only cause erosion but snatch the nutritional sources of other fish. The viral program is being initiated as a step in the right direction.

The final goal is a sustainable ecosystem. However, it is not releasing the virus into the waters that is the sole goal. A recovery of other species of fish is also required and work will be done on this front as well. The erstwhile mismanagement that led to this SNAFU is being undone and remedied via the viral strategy.

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