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Charles
 Posted: Sep 19 2017, 09:06 AM
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Giant sea snails could solve Great Barrier Reef problem

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Monday, 18 September 2017 8:43PM




Releasing giant triton sea snails on the Great Barrier Reef would not lead to a cane toad-like population explosion because scientific controls are tighter than they were 150 years ago, according to a top researcher.

The Federal Government is investigating a breeding program for the triton which eats and repels the crown-of-thorns starfish — a potential game changer in protecting the Reef from one of its biggest dangers.

Australian Institute of Marine Science research manager David Souter said any release would be under the most controlled circumstances and after much research, so the starfish problem wouldn’t be replaced with a bigger one.

“You would do everything you absolutely could to prevent that. Whatever you did in a trial circumstance would be very, very controlled so you didn’t create a situation where titans on the reef did more damage than they intended to,” he said.

“They do eat things other than crown-of-thorns, such as other starfish and urchins.”

Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg announced yesterday the government would invest $568,000 for world-first research and a two-year trial into the rare snails.

The crown-of-thorns starfish is one of the biggest threats to coral on the Great Barrier Reef.


https://thewest.com.au/news/australia/giant-sea-snails-could-solve-great-barrier-reef-problem-ng-b88603511z

Great news, as long as solving one problem doesn't create a bigger one - as has happened in the past!

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 Posted: Sep 19 2017, 09:28 AM
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After the disastrous cane toad experiment it is always a bit of a worry. http://fairdinkumnewschat.com/rolleyes.gif

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We don/t have much of a success track record when it comes to bio-security..

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 Posted: Sep 19 2017, 01:13 PM
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The cactoblastis would be one of the few successes that I can recall.

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