Dr Cherie Motti, from the Australian Institute of Marine Science, is leading the breeding programme of the Pacific triton sea snail in the hope of drastically reducing numbers of the harmful crown-of-thorns starfish. Photo: AFP

Australia funds giant sea snail research in hope of rescuing Great Barrier Reef from harmful, thorny pest

Over the past 27 years, coral cover has halved on the giant living organism, with much of that attributed to the crown-of-thorns starfish

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Dr Cherie Motti, from the Australian Institute of Marine Science, is leading the breeding programme of the Pacific triton sea snail in the hope of drastically reducing numbers of the harmful crown-of-thorns starfish. Photo: AFP
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