Victorian Pest Species

Northern Pacific Sea Star

Why is it a pest?



Did you know that they're normally found in the Pacific Ocacn and Asian Coast, but now have spread to areas in australia such as Port Phillip Bay.

Where are found in australia and how do they get here?

They are found around the areas of port phillip Bay and Eastern Tasmania, they came into Australian waters by ship ballast water.

What is ballast water? When the ships take in water to lower them and stop the ship from rocking. The young seastar would float inside the ship and travel in the haul of the ship until the ship arives in Australia the ship will dump the water and the seastars will float out and start breeding.