New Vessel Launched to Help Protect GBR Health

Photo: GBR Marine Park

A second crown-of-thorns starfish control vessel hits the water today as part of efforts to protect Great Barrier Reef health by culling coral eating crown-of-thorns starfish over the next three years.

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority awarded the Reef and Rainforest Research Centre and the Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators a $5.6 million tender to operate the second control vessel.

The new control vessel is being funded through the Australian Government’s $140 million Reef Trust.

During its maiden voyage the vessel Venus II will target starfish control offshore Cardwell, including Rib, Trunk, Bramble and Little Kelso reefs.

RRRC managing director, Sheriden Morris, said: “The extra vessel allows increased research capacity into more efficient ways to control crown-of-thorns starfish populations.”

“Every adult coral colony we can protect produces larvae to repopulate other reefs downstream, thereby helping the Reef to regenerate.”

Since its introduction, the control program has culled more than 400,000 crown-of-thorns starfish. The focus to date by the vessel MV Hero has been on 21 key reefs that are either popular tourism sites or locations with strong currents that can spread outbreaks. These sites span 75 per cent, or 940 square kilometres, of the reef habitat offshore of Cairns.

The Venus II extends control efforts southward from Cairns to Townsville, protecting up to an additional 1000 square kilometres of reefs.

Follow-up surveys show the culling has successfully protected coral cover and kept the adult crown-of-thorns starfish population to below outbreak levels in the Cairns region.

Share this article

Follow Subsea World News

Events>

<< Jan 2017 >>
MTWTFSS
26 27 28 29 30 31 1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 31 1 2 3 4 5

Oil & Gas IP Summit

The conference will cover areas like Evaluating Best Practice Techniques for IP Portfolio Management and Innovation Strategies,Collaborative…

read more >

European Gas Conference 2017

In recent years the gas market has undergone tremendous shifts with the emergence of new supply sources, the comeback of coal in the power…

read more >

Well Control – Subsea Engineer Programme

The Training Academy’s IADC accredited Subsea Engineer Programme (SSEP) has been recognized by the industry’s major drilling contractors…

read more >

Offshore West Africa 2017

Offshore West Africa 2016 brought together a record-breaking attendance of oil & gas professionals, creating a vibrant networking experience,…

read more >