Australia carp herpes
The Australian government has committed about $11.4 million of its federal budget to help eradicate the country’s carp population,
According to The Guardian, the budget will go toward a plan that will introduce a carp-specific herpes virus into Australia’s river system.
Australia is currently in the middle of what science minister Christopher Pyne reportedly called “carp-aggedon.”
“It affects the European carp by attacking their kidneys, their skin, their gills and stopping them breathing effectively,” Pyne said. ‘They have the virus for a week before they show any symptoms and it suddenly kills them within 24 hours.”
As reported by Fox News, the strain of herpes is set to be released in 2018 so the government can plan for the virus’ impact. The program will cost $15 million, most of which will go to getting rid of the dead fish.
“Suddenly, there will be literally hundreds of thousands, if not millions of tonnes of carp that will be dead in the River Murray,” Pyne said.
The government hopes the virus will kill 95 percent of the river’s carp population over the next three decades, according to ABC News.
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