The Northern Pacific Seastar (NPSS) is a voracious predator that consumes a wide variety of native and non-native marine organisms. It can spawn thousands of larvae each year and rapidly establishes large colonies.
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and RMIT University are working on two different components of a project to monitor for the presence of NPSS and other invasive marine pests in the Gippsland Lakes.
In 2015, five Northern Pacific Seastar were found in the Gippsland Lakes.
The aim of this project is to monitor for the presence of Northern Pacific Seastar and other invasive marine pests in the Gippsland Lakes
This project will include:
New data from the monitoring and research in this project will be used to:
If you see marine pests around the Gippsland Lakes you can report your sighting by taking a photo and providing details of the location to DELWP Bairnsdale 5152 0400
This project is funded by the Victorian State Government for the Gippsland Lakes.