We have carp - enormous European carp. They cruise our stream and have replaced trout and native fish, muddied up the stream and... I could carp on about how bad they are for Australian streams but wont, instead I will tell you of my plans for making them more environmentally friendly. They are:
1. For every tree a carp, and
2. Gallons of home-made fish emulsion
However, re-purposing carp starts with catching them - this is where fishing-experienced relatives are vital. There is a method that needs to be followed. First, invite relatives handy with hook, sinker and swivel to your property. Then provide them with a picnic and transportation to fishing spot and, let them rip.
An afternoon of fishing yielded 4 large carp. With respect, they were dispatched very promptly.
So in the intervening period of course, the carp were still sitting in the esky... and it was over 30c. I think you can smell the problem from wherever you are?
Early the next morning, while it was still cool and the sun was low I decided to get value from the haul of carp even if I could not make fish emulsion so I decided to bury them where I wanted to plant some fruit trees. I marked their graves with a stake and will wait a while while they turn into something a plant might enjoy. I now have 4 planting spaces for fruit trees marked out.
In the meantime we are still trying to de-carp the esky!
- Carp are pretty easy to catch
- Carp provide excellent holiday entertainment for visiting fishing folk
- Carp are big
- Never leave carp in an anything you ever want to use again
- Only plan to make fish emulsion when you have the ingredients
- If you don't have the ingredients for fish emulsion - bury the carp as soon as possible and somewhere useful for future fertilising
Have you ever made fish emulsion? Ever used your fish scraps as fertiliser? Have any other handy ways to re-purpose invading species (plant or animal) making them more environmentally friendly?