depp heard apology over dogs orig_00002303.jpg
depp heard apology over dogs orig_00002303.jpg
Now playing
00:51
Depp, Heard issue somber apology over dogs
The Cosby Show/Carsey-Werner Productions
Now playing
01:04
Social media defends 'Cosby Show' actor
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 07:  Honoree George Clooney attends the American Film Institute's 46th Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute to George Clooney at Dolby Theatre  on June 7, 2018 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)
Rich Fury/Getty Images
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 07: Honoree George Clooney attends the American Film Institute's 46th Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute to George Clooney at Dolby Theatre on June 7, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)
Now playing
00:59
George Clooney involved in scooter accident
US actress Scarlett Johansson poses on the red carpet for the European premiere of the film 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' in London on April 21, 2015.  AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS        (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images
US actress Scarlett Johansson poses on the red carpet for the European premiere of the film 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' in London on April 21, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Now playing
01:06
Scarlett Johansson faces backlash over role (2018)
title: Kel Mitchell 💯 on Instagram: "Uh oh! The boys are in the building! Fun time shooting Double Dare today with the bro! make sure you watch the premiere tonight on..." duration: 00:00:00 site: Instagram author: null published: Wed Dec 31 1969 19:00:00 GMT-0500 (Eastern Standard Time) intervention: no description: null
iamKelMitchell/Instagram
title: Kel Mitchell 💯 on Instagram: "Uh oh! The boys are in the building! Fun time shooting Double Dare today with the bro! make sure you watch the premiere tonight on..." duration: 00:00:00 site: Instagram author: null published: Wed Dec 31 1969 19:00:00 GMT-0500 (Eastern Standard Time) intervention: no description: null
Now playing
00:50
Kenan and Kel reunite for 'Double Dare' reboot
henry cavill superman mxp vpx_00000114.jpg
Warner Brothers
henry cavill superman mxp vpx_00000114.jpg
Now playing
00:48
Henry Cavill's role as 'Superman' in question (2018)
CNN
Now playing
01:41
John Legend: Resist temptation to disengage
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08:  Ed Sheeran performs at the Z100's Jingle Ball 2017 on December 8, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
Mike Coppola/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08: Ed Sheeran performs at the Z100's Jingle Ball 2017 on December 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
Now playing
01:07
Ed Sheeran accused of copying Marvin Gaye song
Broadway Video/Universal Television
Now playing
00:50
Backstreet Boys add new member for classic hit
CBS
Now playing
01:18
Jon Stewart takes over Colbert
Kit Harington and Rose Leslie at Rayne Church, Kirkton of Rayne in Aberdeenshire, after their wedding.
Jane Barlow/PA Images via Getty Images
Kit Harington and Rose Leslie at Rayne Church, Kirkton of Rayne in Aberdeenshire, after their wedding.
Now playing
01:02
'Game of Thrones' stars tie the knot
NBC/Broadway Video/Universal Television
Now playing
00:57
Davidson confirms engagement to Ariana Grande
Warner Bros.
Now playing
00:56
Former Superman actor becomes police officer
CBS/Worldwide Pants
Now playing
01:13
McCartney shares inspiration for 'Let It Be'
Now playing
01:36
Rogen to Ryan: 'I hate what you're doing to the country'
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 18:  Actor Johnny Depp attends the premiere of Disney's 'Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales' at Dolby Theatre on May 18, 2017 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)
Rich Fury/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 18: Actor Johnny Depp attends the premiere of Disney's 'Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales' at Dolby Theatre on May 18, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)
Now playing
01:16
Johnny Depp's candid Rolling Stone interview

Story highlights

Barnaby Joyce wants to eradicate "disgusting" carp

The Australian government plan on wiping out carp by using a form of the herpes virus

(CNN) —  

Not content with telling Jonny Depp’s dogs to “bugger off,” Australia’s new Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has moved onto his next target … carp.

Joyce announced during a robust speech to a rowdy – but entertained – parliament that the only way to get rid of these “disgusting, bottom-dwelling, mud-sucking creatures” was to unleash a form of the herpes virus on them.

He then flew into an impassioned, if slightly bizarre, tirade that the internet immediately jumped on with glee.

It appeared that for the first – and probably only – time, carp became the most popular fish in Australia.

Carp diem

Infecting carp with herpes might seem like an overreaction, but on May 1 “Carpageddon” became official policy.

In an AUD$15 million ($11.4 million) plan to wipe the species out, the federal government announced that it will potentially release cyprinid herpesvirus (carp herpesvirus) into Australian waterways in 2018.

CSIRO calls carp the “most invasive and damaging pests” of Australia’s freshwater ecosystems. First introduced in Australia in 1859, carp became a major problem in the 1960s, after the accidental release of a strain that had been adapted for fish farming.

The female carp produces up to a million eggs per year – or as CSIRO put it, “they breed like rabbits.”

“The common carp is a nasty pest in our waterways and makes up 80 percent of fish biomass in the Murray Darling Basin,” Australia’s Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Christopher Pyne, said in a statement.

According to the government, they threaten other species by causing erosion and out-competing native fish for food and resources, so a number of native fish are either vulnerable or threatened with extinction.

Weird facts about Australia’s cutest native species

Joyce also estimates that the economic impact of carp is almost $400 million dollars a year.

So maybe there’s cause for his carping on.