Helping Japanese fishermen fight off crown-of-thorns starfish

11 octubre 2014

The long term population dynamics of the Crown-of-Thorns starfish, Acanthaster planci, has been the focus of recent study. This is one of the most long term and extensive surveys of its kind, with data spanning over 24 years through cooperation with the Japanese fishing population of Onna Village in Okinawa. With fisherman providing a great deal of logistics support and data, researchers have been able to plot with a high degree of accuracy the movement and population size over time of A. planci.