An electric current will be run through the swamp at Winton Wetlands to eradicate the destructive introduced fish species, carp.LIBBY PRICE June 26, 2014 3:33am
The Winton Wetlands could soon be free of the destructive introduced fish, carp.
Most of the species died in the recent drought however some are still lurking in borrows in the swamp.
The remaining few will be ‘electro fished’, in which an electric current will be run through the water to stun the carp so they can then be humanely killed.
Winton Wetlands chief executive Jim Grant said when the drought broke the wetland filled and then overflowed and the carp swam back into the wetland.
‘‘We’re now getting special metal carp traps tailored to the particular outlet so we can stop them jumping back in next time there’s an overflow,’’ he said.
Record-breaking rain this autumn has refreshed the wetland and the water is now crystal-clear. Carp are notorious for making the water muddy and knocking around native vegetation.
‘‘Ecologically it’s great. All the plants have sprung up. Native water pepper with the pink flowers, the cumbungi and the southern cane grass are looking good. That’s also good for frogs and we’re hoping to get growling grass frogs which we haven’t heard at all so far,’’ Mr Grant said.
‘‘We’re also hoping to see more endangered and rare native birds such as bitterns which haven’t been recorded since Lake Mokoan was decommissioned in 2010. It’s a great season for everything at the moment.
‘‘There are lots of rare freckled ducks and woodland birds and the majestic sea eagles are back.’’
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