Mozambique tilapia ( Oreochromis mossambicus) is a major pest fish species in Australia. A successful invader, it has managed to dominate natural waterways. It is not currently found in the Murray–Darling Basin (MDB); however, it has established thriving populations in catchments neighbouring Basin northern rivers and streams. This project aimed to design a training package which would arm community groups with knowledge to prevent the establishment of Tilapia in the MDB.


The project comprised a seven module training package aimed at arming people with information to prevent the spread of tilapia to the MDB. The modules were:

  • Want these hotlinked to the relevant modules
  • Introducing tilapia
  • Overview and history of pest fish management
  • Deciphering the legal jargon
  • How to identify tilapia
  • Rapid response and survey techniques
  • How to eradicate or control tilapia
  • Community education

The training package was delivered to both NSW and QLD, and you can access it here.

The project also created the “Stop the spread” fact sheet which outlines the threat of tilapia to the MDB. The factsheet also provides species recognition information and engaged the community by outlining what they can do to help prevent the spread or tilapia

Link here to training package: Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation (2011). Stop the spread: Tilapia training package. Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation, State of Queensland.