NESP TWQ Round 4 - Project 4.1 - Crown-of-thorns starfish: surveillance and life history

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This project supports the implementation of the NESP Crown-of-Thorns Starfish Integrated Pest Management Project’s management and research strategy by:

  1. describing ecological parameters key to parameterising the tools underpinning the management strategy;
  2. analysing existing data sets to assess management performance and describe the interaction between CoTS and bleaching; and
  3. scoping new technologies and surveillance strategies for detecting and monitoring primary and secondary outbreaks.

The work will involve a combination of field ecological research, statistical analysis of existing data, technology and strategy development (the latter through workshops) and inform decision making through incorporation into decision support tools and recommendations.

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14 April 2021

This dataset collected variation in the demography of Pacific crown-of-thorns starfish (Acanthaster cf. solaris) during the latest period of elevated starfish densities (active population irruptions) in the central section of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.