2021 International COTS Control Forum

The Great Barrier Reef Foundation (GBRF) and the Reef and Rainforest Research Centre (RRRC) are pleased to confirm dates for a 2021 International Crown-of-Thorns Starfish (COTS) Control Forum. This will be a uniquely valuable opportunity for those involved in COTS control to meet, collaborate and be part of the ongoing solution and management of this species. Presentations will be streamed virtually and recorded, however being able to attend in person will provide the greatest benefit.




Forum Day 1 - March 29

Forum Day 2 - March 30

Field Trip - March 31




Pullman Reef Hotel Casino
35-41 Wharf St, Cairns City
Queensland 4870


Covid19 Safe Plan

As spaces are limited due to Covid19 safety requirements, we are initially offering places to existing registrants. It is important to re-confirm your registration to attend on the new dates as soon as possible. Existing registrations unconfirmed by October 15 will be cancelled and offered to new registrants.

To ensure the safety and wellbeing of all delegates, the Forum venue will following Covid19 safe-practice guidelines. A copy of the Covid19 Safe Plan can be found here

Field Trip
An optional field trip is on offer to all delegates following the forum. Delegates are given the opportunity to visit the Reef Magic Pontoon at Moore Reef. Here, guided talks by a Master Reef Guide will take place alongside snorkelling, demonstration of control techniques by trained divers, and tours of a COTS vessel. Aside from being a great opportunity to see some of the Great Barrier Reef while in Cairns, this experience also will provide a close-up insight into the monitoring and control methods currently being used.
Field trip fee will cover all transfers, lunch, snorkelling equipment, as well as all guided tours (excluding SCUBA). Guided SCUBA dives will also be organised on the day for those wishing to spend more time underwater. These will incur an additional cost on top of the field trip fee.


Field trip details
Wednesday, March 31, 2020
Cairns Marina & Moore Reef

08:30 Check-in at Reef Fleet Terminal
09:00 Boat departs for Moore Reef
10:30 Arrival at Moore Reef
10:35 Pontoon activities, guided tour and demonstration of control vessel operations
15:30 Boat departs Pontoon
17:00 Arrival at Cairns

Delegates are offered a 40% Discount on this trip by using the code: “RRRC40” when calling to make a booking. The cost of the full day trip is $143.30 including discount.

Making a booking
Please call +61 (0)7 4031 1588 (between 08:00-17:00 AEST) to secure a spot on this very special trip.

For more information on this event, please contact Hulton King