Carp getting it on

Carp love 20 degrees celsiusMore than 35 sightings of spawning carp were recorded during spring as part of the Carp Love 20° campaign.

The campaign encourages people to log sightings of active carp as the water warms to 20 degrees Celsius, considered optimum breeding conditions for the feral fish species. It was promoted across the Upper Murrumbidgee catchment which encompasses the Murrumbidgee River and all its tributaries from Yass in the north to Cooma in the south.

Waterwatch facilitator, Woo O’Reilly, said it’s not too late to log your sightings.

“If you saw, or are still seeing some carp activity, please get online and report your sighting. Every recorded event gives us more data about the breeding habits of this pest fish and helps us to manage them better.”

You can share any photos or videos you have on the Waterwatch Facebook page @ACTlandwater and make sure you use #carplove20 on all your social posts.

Learn more about carp and plans to control them.

Log your carp sighting.

Find out more about Waterwatch.

Watch this video on carp breeding behaviour to learn what to look for.