Population explosions of Acanthaster planci and associated destruction of the hard-coral cover of reefs of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Endean R. and Stablum W. (1975) Population explosions of Acanthaster planci and associated destruction of the hard-coral cover of reefs of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Environmental Conservation, 2 4: 247-256.

Author Endean R.
Stablum W.
Title Population explosions of Acanthaster planci and associated destruction of the hard-coral cover of reefs of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Journal name Environmental Conservation   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0376-8929
Publication date 1975-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 2
Issue 4
Start page 247
End page 256
Total pages 10
Subject 2309 Nature and Landscape Conservation
2304 Environmental Chemistry
2300 Environmental Science
2307 Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis
2312 Water Science and Technology
2308 Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
2310 Pollution
Abstract Population explosions of the Crown-of-thorns Starfish, Acanthaster planci, first reported on reefs of the Great Barrier Reef in the Cairns region near lat. 17° S during the early 1960s, have since spread to numerous other reefs. The spread has been predominantly southwards, the principal region of infestation currently lying between lat. 19° S and lat. 19°20′ S. South of this region, scattered infestations of reefs have recently been reported. Available data indicate that most reefs in the middle third of the Great Barrier Reef were infested during the last decade, and it is postulated that most reefs in the southernmost third will be infested during the next decade. The bulk of the hard-coral cover of most of the inner platform reefs infested, and a lower but significant percentage of the hard-coral cover of the outer platform reefs affected by the infestations, have been devastated. Recovery of devastated reefs is in progress but is slow. The A. planci infestations appear to the authors to be man-induced, and it is suggested that international action be taken to assess the magnitude of the A. planci problem and to coordinate possible control activities in the Indo-West Pacific region.
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