Australia hoping herpes will control carp population

The Australian government is trying to eradicate carp in its waterways. (

( - The Australian government is giving carp herpes.

Science Minister Christopher Pyne called the plan to eradicate about 95 percent of European carp in the country’s river system “carp-aggedon,” ABC reported.

“It affects the European carp by attacking their kidneys, their skin, their gills and stopping them breathing effectively,” Pyne said. ‘They have the virus for a week before they show any symptoms and it suddenly kills them within 24 hours.”

Agriculture and Water Resources Minister Barnaby Joyce said the carps’ ability to reproduce en masse made them the “rabbits of our waterways.”