European Carp by Pat Tully NSW DPI

Northern Coastal Rivers Pest Fish Force

The coastal rivers of northern NSW are suffering a pest fish invasion.  As many recreational fishers know European Carp are well established through the entire Richmond River catchment, reducing water quality and out-competing native fish for food and habitat.

Tilapia, a voracious pest already established in Queensland, has been spotted in the Tweed River catchment. This tough invader has already had a huge impact on native fish in Queensland’s rivers, and its spread into NSW could be devastating for river health, native fish and recreational fishers State-wide.


With such a wide-spread invasion, what can be done? We believe community action is vital to reducing pest fish numbers in the Richmond and Tweed river catchments.  Over the next 18 months we will be holding a series of events to support the community in reducing pest fish numbers, and provide educational materials and information about pest fish and their impact on river health and recreational fishing.

The final event for the Pest Fish Force Project will be the Cudgen Tilapia Buster at Bogangar, on Saturday May 25, 9am – 3pm

Festival events and activities will include fishing from the riverbank, carp weigh-ins with prizes, carp filleting, smoking and cooking demonstrations and tastings, a tree planting, catchment health education and games, live music and talks from carp experts. Everyone is invited to come along, fishers and non-fishers alike. More information about the event will be available in the coming weeks.

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Follow the links below to find out more about European Carp and Tilapa


NSW Carp Control Plan

NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Carp Information 

DPI Carp biology and description

Carp disposal/control  


Pestsmart featured articles on Carp

QLD Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Carp Info

Biosecurity Queensland Carp fact sheet


NSW DPI Tilapia information

QLD Department of Agriculture and Fisheries General Information

Biosecurity Queensland Tilapia fact sheet

‘Stop the Spread’ Tilapia learning resource

QLD Legal Requirements on Pest Fish


Record feral fish activity with the FeralFishScan app 

DPI Recreational Fishing Resources and Regulations 

DPI Recreational Fishing Information 

Recreational Fishing NSW Advisory committee

Redmap National data system


Oz Fish TV (not linked to OzFish)

Australian Recreational Fishing Foundation (ARFF) 

ARFF on Facebook

Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA) NSW

RFA NSW on Facebook

Safe Fishing (associated with RFA NSW)

Recfish Australia 

Header image: European Carp by Pat Tully, NSW DPI

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