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Acanthaster planci and management of the Great Barrier Reef.

Journal Article


Abstract


  • One view holds that Acanthaster planci outbreaks are a natural phenomenon which do not threaten the continued existence of coral reef ecosystems; the other holds them to be unnatural and to threaten complete destruction of reefs. The 1st direct management option is to apply control measures, either to eradicate the starfish or to protect areas of coral from its predation. Limited control programs on the Great Barrier Reef and major programs in Micronesia, US Trust Territories and Japan had negligible success. The 2nd management option is to enhance regeneration of coral cover; this can be achieved for small areas but results so far do not suggest any feasible large scale application. The long-term key to management lies in research to address the critical questions of cause and effect of the phenomenon.-from Author

Publication Date


  • 1987

Citation


  • Kenchington, R. (1987). Acanthaster planci and management of the Great Barrier Reef.. Bulletin of Marine Science, 41(2), 552-560.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-0023499364

Web Of Science Accession Number


Start Page


  • 552

End Page


  • 560

Volume


  • 41

Issue


  • 2

Abstract


  • One view holds that Acanthaster planci outbreaks are a natural phenomenon which do not threaten the continued existence of coral reef ecosystems; the other holds them to be unnatural and to threaten complete destruction of reefs. The 1st direct management option is to apply control measures, either to eradicate the starfish or to protect areas of coral from its predation. Limited control programs on the Great Barrier Reef and major programs in Micronesia, US Trust Territories and Japan had negligible success. The 2nd management option is to enhance regeneration of coral cover; this can be achieved for small areas but results so far do not suggest any feasible large scale application. The long-term key to management lies in research to address the critical questions of cause and effect of the phenomenon.-from Author

Publication Date


  • 1987

Citation


  • Kenchington, R. (1987). Acanthaster planci and management of the Great Barrier Reef.. Bulletin of Marine Science, 41(2), 552-560.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-0023499364

Web Of Science Accession Number


Start Page


  • 552

End Page


  • 560

Volume


  • 41

Issue


  • 2