James Cook University

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Reef Keepers has funded James Cook University in research to establish an early-warning system to allow for timely and effective management of crown-of-thorn outbreaks. This system will provide evidence of an impending outbreak and alert culling boats of where to target. Our funding has also supported their research initiatives and provided research scholarships at the Orpheus Island Research Station.

Outbreaks of crown-of-thorns starfish are recognised as one of the major threats to coral reef ecosystems. Despite significant advances in managing outbreaks of crown-of-thorns starfish, the effectiveness of the culling program on the Great Barrier Reef is constrained by delays in the time required for necessary commitment of Government funding following realisation of an emerging outbreak.