NCCP: Remembering a life BC #Before Carp ;a collection of stories from Australians who have been impacted by Australia’s worst freshwater pest fish – the Carp!
Centre for Invasive Species Solutions
With a major investment in carp control by the Australian Government, it is an opportune time to enhance public awareness of the issue and create a social licence to operate. While it is easily assumed that everyone knows that European carp are a problem for our waterways, there can still be opposition against their control due to a lack of understanding regarding what their current impact is, what our waterways used to be like prior to Carp establishing and what will be the impact if we do nothing. There is an urgent need to enhance the public awareness and understanding of what our waterways could be if carp were better controlled and what our waterways were like prior to carp. This project aims to collect a series of short stories from Australians who remember what life was like BC or before carp. The major goal from this project is to galvanise the support needed for action on carp and to enhance the social licence to use a biocontrol agent - which can have a negative connotation. The project concept, based on sharing short stories and vignettes of Australians, is based largely on similar projects which have proved successful using this format such as Faces of CSIRO - https://faces.csiro.au/ or the popular Humans of New York blog -www.humansofnewyork.com.
1. Awareness raising around the issue of carp and the need for carp control
2. Enhancing traffic to the NCCP Facebook page through the use of compelling and fresh stories
3. Enhancing traffic to the NCCP website through the creation of a blog series