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16/07/2013

Seastar threat in Vic

Parks Victoria is calling upon Victoria’s boaties to help it protect the Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park from the threat of invading Northern Pacific seastars.

One of Australia’s most destructive marine pests, the first seastars were sighted at Popes Eye last January, sparking concern throughout the state’s recreational dive and tourism sector.

Parks Victoria is hoping to curb the infestation by working with volunteer divers and snorkellers to help remove the seastars. In the meantime, it’s urging all boat owners and recreational divers to rinse all equipment thoroughly with fresh water and allowing it to dry before moving to new areas.

For more information, go to: dse.vic.gov.au/marine.

Northern Pacific Seastar



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