Riverland’s native carp population ‘flourishing’ as Murray River levels rise

With La Niña in full swing, the Riverland region has been hit hard by the increased rain, and Murray River levels are expected to reach a level not seen since the 1970’s. The rising waters have caused a lot of residents to prepare for the worst, but local wildlife experts are claiming the flooding is ‘a blessing in disguise’.

“This extra volume in our local waters is incredibly beneficial for the native water creatures.”

Local wildlife expert Anna Mall explains.

“We’re seeing several native species, including some that were on the brink of extinction, coming back in larger numbers and thriving. The most successful of these ones being the native Australian carp, whose numbers were at a dangerously low level prior to the flooding.” She continued.

This increase in the carp population brings a huge morale boost to the town of Cobdogla, after their Cobdogla Carp RFL team suffered a devastating loss earlier this year.

The Riverlanderer will update as this story develops.

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