Scenic Rim Carp Cup targets pests

PROBLEM FISH: Boonah's Fred Schneider catches a Tilapia in 2017.

PROBLEM FISH: Boonah's Fred Schneider catches a Tilapia in 2017.

Fishers at Saturday’s Carp Cup will be doing their bit to protect Australia’s native biodiversity.

They will be trying to reel-in two of the biggest threats to this country’s aquatic environments, invasive carp and tilapia.

Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen said the morning offered a great opportunity to have some fun while also ridding our waterways of these pest species.

“Looking down into the dam on my recent visit to Wyaralong with Seqwater has reinforced for me how disastrous for our local environment these introduced species have been,” he said.

"Their negative impact on the local ecological balance results in poor water quality and degradation of balance in the food chain that is unsustainable.”

The free Scenic Rim regional Council event is being held for local residents.

Wildlife and fish experts will be on hand to assist and answer any questions.

Take the family down to Toby Slatter Park on Sunday from 7.30am and do your bit to reduce the number of noxious carp and tilapia while learning more about our natural environment and catchment areas.

A free barbecue lunch will be held at 11.30am.

Trophies are awarded for largest carp, largest tilapia, under-14 largest carp, largest tilapia under-14 and most pest fish.

Medals will be awarded for smallest carp and smallest tilapia.

No boats and kayaks are allowed.

Protective gear must be worn.

Children must be supervised.

Toby Slatter Park is located at the corner of Mount French Road and Boonah-Rathdowney Road at Boonah.

Limited places are remaining. 

Participants must be registered on eventbrite or call 5540 5111.

Please ensure you take: hat, sunscreen, long sleeved shirt, closed shoes, water bottle, fishing equipment, chair.

HOOK IN TO FISHING: Pull out the Alvey this weekend and help reduce the number of Carp and Tilapia in local waterways.

HOOK IN TO FISHING: Pull out the Alvey this weekend and help reduce the number of Carp and Tilapia in local waterways.