European Carp caught in Myall River near Bulahdelah Bulahdelah, Wootton, Nerong by NOTA - November 30, 2016November 30, 2016 CATCH: Grant Bidgood with the 6.6kg European Carp. Recreational fisherman Grant Bidgood reeled in a 6.6 kilogram European Carp from the Myall River in Bulahdelah last weekend. The European Carp has long been declared by the State Government as a noxious fish species. Modern Media: Advertise with News Of The Area and you get your ad in 1) in Print, 2) on the News Website (like this ad), and 3) on our Social Media news site. A much more efficient way to advertise. Reach a HUGE audience for a LOW price TODAY! Call us on 02 4983 2134. Or [email protected] Or CLICK FOR ADVERT QUOTE According to the Department of Primary Industries (DPI), carp are well known as pests due to their destructive feeding habits that uproot aquatic vegetation and muddy the water. “The bottom-feeding behaviour of carp has led to them being widely blamed for environmental problems such as increased turbidity, algal blooms, damage to riverbanks and loss of aquatic vegetation,” they say. “Carp are also thought to be indirectly responsible for declines in native fish populations.” Mr Bidgood said as far as he is aware, this is the first European Carp caught in the river. “The catch is unusual because it’s the first and only one found in the area, there’s been a few Koi Carp found in the past but no European Carp,” he said. “If we just left it and it breeds, it will completely destroy the ecosystem.” Mr Bidgood encourages all members of the public to report any carp catches to the DPI. “It is really important that we find out how many more there are because we don’t want the river destroyed,” he said. Mr Bidgood told News Of The Area he was fishing upstream from the Bulahdelah Bridge in the Mid North Coast Freshwater Titles when he snagged the European Carp on a 4lb line. By Daniel SAHYOUN EUROPEAN CARP: Grant Bidgood with his 6.6kg catch.