Help us save the Great Barrier Reef

Your donation will support our research on containing the Crown of Thorns Starfish (COTS) outbreaks that devastate the Reef.

Since 1980, Australia's Great Barrier Reef has lost half its coral. The main causes are storm damage and COTS. We can’t stop the storms, but we can promote coral recovery by containing COTS.

Further research is required on causal factors and methods of control. The Australian Museum’s Lizard Island Research Station is ideally located for COTS research and has hosted significant discoveries, such as the new single-shot injection technique shown in the video above.

It is expensive to maintain first-rate marine research facilities on a remote tropical island. Visiting scientists contribute as much as they can afford, but the Station could not continue without the ongoing support of the Australian Museum and donors.

Help scientists save the reef from the ravages of COTS by making a donation to the Lizard Island Reef Research Foundation at


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