Did you know?
There are nearly 3000 species of fish in the Cyprinidae or ‘Carp’ family of fish.
In New Zealand some of these species are good like Grass Carp and Silver Carp. They are incapable of breeding naturally in New Zealand nor of forming self sustaining populations within any of our waterways. This fact is widely accepted having been documented in scientific literature and corroborated by the fact that they both species have been resident in New Zealand for well over 40 years with no records of the fish breeding.
The common name suffix ‘Carp’, does lead to confusion with another species found in New Zealand waterways, Koi Carp. Koi Carp are rightly considered both a noxious fish under the Freshwater Fisheries Regulations 1983 and an Unwanted Organism under the Bioesecurity Act 1993. Unlike the species we sell, Koi Carp are capable of breeding and forming self sustaining or plague like populations in many bodies of water. Furthermore unlike our species they serve no useful ecological function within an ecosystem, in fact they are severally detrimental to the environment and are rightly classified as a pest species within New Zealand.
Koi can be distinguished from Grass Carp and Silver Carp as they have distinctive barbells, similar to catfish that extend downwards from the corner of the mouth, they have a more elongate shaped body and are typically brightly coloured, being Orange, White or Yellow or often a combination of all three colours.