Saving our river and native fish

May 4, 2013

The Bingara Anglers Club, Upper Gwydir Landcare Association and the Border Rivers-Gwydir CMA challenge you to help remove one of the biggest aquatic pests in NSW rivers by catching the biggest, smallest or the most Carp at the upcoming Bingara Carp Muster.

Over the past few decades Carp have spread across most of southeastern Australia and our local waterways are no exception. They are now the most abundant large freshwater fish in some areas, including most of the Murray-Darling Basin, and have contributed to the degradation of our natural aquatic ecosystems.

Carp are commonly found in still or slowly flowing waters at low altitudes, especially in areas where there is abundant aquatic vegetation. They are well known as a pest because of their destructive bottomfeeding habits, which stir up sediments and muddy the water. They are capable of tolerating a range of environmental conditions.

Carp have a greater tolerance of low oxygen levels, pollutants and turbidity than most native fish, and are often associated with degraded habitats, including stagnant waters.

Changes to water flows, declining water quality and other changes to river habitats in the past have negatively affected many native fish but allowed Carp to actually outcompete native species.

You can do your bit to remove this menace from our local waterways by participating in the Bingara Carp Muster on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th May 2013.

With both junior and senior categories for male and female anglers and prizes for the most, the biggest and smallest Carp, every member of the family has a great chance of success.

Every Carp that is removed from the Gwydir River at the Bingara Carp Muster brings us a step closer to improved water quality and improved habitat for our native fish.

Please note that all entrants must follow the current NSW fishing rules and regulations and no native fish will be weighed.

Registration will be from 9am at Cunningham Park, Keera Road, Bingara on both the 4th and 5th of May and Carp will be weighed in from 10am on both days. Please bring along your registration to the weigh in.

Good luck to all and may the best anglers ,male, female, junior girls & boys, win.

For more information about the Bingara Carp Muster please contact the UGLA office on 67 242 052.