Carp trapping trial will soon be heating up!

Published 11 Jun 2015 
about  Scottsdale Reserve  
Net openings being adjusted.<br/> Net openings being adjusted.
Food being prepared for the carp net feed hopper.<br/> Food being prepared for the carp net feed hopper.
Carp caught in the net. The Autumn trapping run showed that  catch was reduced as the water temperatures dropped.<br/> Carp caught in the net. The Autumn trapping run showed that catch was reduced as the water temperatures dropped.
Net ready for setting in the water.<br/> Net ready for setting in the water.
Carp ear bones being removed. These allow caught fish to be aged.<br/> Carp ear bones being removed. These allow caught fish to be aged.
While set the carp net is closely monitored, checking for turtles, platypus or other bicatch.<br/> While set the carp net is closely monitored, checking for turtles, platypus or other bicatch.
Net being set.<br/> Net being set.
Carp net being removed at the end of the trapping period.<br/> Carp net being removed at the end of the trapping period.
Carp net when set in the water.<br/> Carp net when set in the water.

The carp trapping program at Bush Heritage Australia's Scottsdale Reserve is moving into its next phase, with a small team of inventors on board to design a heating system for the trap.

What? A heating system? Sounds like we're really trying hard to make those pesky carp just a little too comfortable?  Perfectly correct!  

The theory is that carp are not active due to cold water temperatures in winter and instead seek refuge in 'warmer' areas of the river – such as inside our carp net hopefully!  

The good news is that carp can be drawn to areas that are only a few degrees warmer than surrounding waters, which should make the job of the heating system a little easier.

If thermal trapping can be achieved by this trapping trial it would mean that pest fish removal from the upper Murrumbidgee River could be extended into winter.  

Luckily Scottsdale Reserve owns thermally lined waders for its carp trapping program volunteers (shown here busy with the trapping program conducted in Autumn) - Brrrr!

Net openings being adjusted.<br/> Net openings being adjusted.
Food being prepared for the carp net feed hopper.<br/> Food being prepared for the carp net feed hopper.
Carp caught in the net. The Autumn trapping run showed that  catch was reduced as the water temperatures dropped.<br/> Carp caught in the net. The Autumn trapping run showed that catch was reduced as the water temperatures dropped.
Net ready for setting in the water.<br/> Net ready for setting in the water.
Carp ear bones being removed. These allow caught fish to be aged.<br/> Carp ear bones being removed. These allow caught fish to be aged.
While set the carp net is closely monitored, checking for turtles, platypus or other bicatch.<br/> While set the carp net is closely monitored, checking for turtles, platypus or other bicatch.
Net being set.<br/> Net being set.
Carp net being removed at the end of the trapping period.<br/> Carp net being removed at the end of the trapping period.
Carp net when set in the water.<br/> Carp net when set in the water.