Australia plans herpes war on invasive carp

Dubbed “Carpageddon” and backed by the man who threatened to kill Johnny Depp’s dogs, the latest plan to control introduced species in Australia will use the herpes virus to eradicate millions of predatory fish.

The National Carp Control Plan will cost Aus$15 million (US$11 million) to spread the virus through the aggressive common carp, introduced to Australia in the mid-1800s.

And it has brought Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce another brush with notoriety after his threat last year to put down Hollywood star Depp’s dogs after he and wife Amber Heard breached Australia’s quarantine laws.

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Jessica Hathaway

Jessica Hathaway is the editor in chief of National Fisherman. She has been covering the fishing industry for 13 years, serves on the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute’s Communications Committee and is a National Fisheries Conservation Center board member.

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