Crown of thorns starfish

Al Jazeera

24 July 2013

With the venomous Crown of Thorns starfish decimating Australia's Barrier Reef, hope comes from a surprising source.

Australia's iconic Great Barrier Reef has lost half its coral since 1985 and around 40 percent of this is believed to be down to the venomous Crown of Thorns starfish.

The NERP Tropical Ecosystems Hub Third Annual Work Plan (AWP3) details the milestones to be completed by each Hub funded project in 2013-2014.


The annual highlights brochure of what's been happening in the NERP Tropical Ecosystems Hub during 2012.


Peter Doherty (AIMS); The recent Australian Government response to outbreaks of coral-eating starfish on the Great Barrier Reef; Wednesday 8th May 2013.


Scott Firth (AMPTO); Crown-of-thorns starfish Control program; Wednesday 8th May 2013.


The Age

06 October 2012

In 1969, the veteran TV journalist Bob Raymond produced a documentary, Life and Death on the Great Barrier Reef. In it, he broadcast spectacular images of the reef at its best, colourful and crowded with fishes.


05 October 2012

Australia's Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef and stretches over 3000 kilometers along the Queensland coast. Now, scientists from the Australian Institute of Marine Science found that over half of its coral has disappeared over the past 27 years.

Red Orbit

02 October 2012

The Great Barrier Reef in Australia is the world’s largest coral reef, and the only living thing on Earth that is visible from space. The Great Barrier Reef is approximately 3000 kilometers long and up to 65 kilometers wide in some places.

The Sydney Morning Herald

02 October 2012

Half the Great Barrier Reef's coral has disappeared in the past 27 years and less than a quarter could be left within a decade unless action is taken, a landmark study has found.

A long-term investigation of the reef by scientists at Townsville's Australian Institute of Marine Science found coral had been wiped out by intense tropical cyclones, a native species of starfish and coral bleaching. Read more



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