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Call to Release Controversial Carp Plan


Ecologists are calling on the Federal Government to release the latest information on the National Carp Control Plan.

The $15 million final recommendation paper was handed to the Federal Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment late last month but has not yet been released to the public.

The plan determines the feasibility of using Cyprinid herpesvirus 3 as a control method for the invasive species and has been developed by the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC).

Faith Coleman, an Estuarine Ecologist who works at the mouth of the Murray River in the Coorong, has been tracking the controversial plan since it started and has told the ABC that the lack of transparency is troubling.

"For those of us who have read the 13 background reports that have been released, the science is inconclusive to say the least," Ms Coleman told the ABC.

The Department said it is "reviewing the plan before it progresses for formal consideration by the Australian, state and territory governments".

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