COTSBot will kill the Crown Of Thorn Starfish Bot! ABC September 2015 says:
Queensland researchers are close to completing work on an autonomous robot that will cruise the Great Barrier Reef and inject the destructive crown-of-thorns starfish with a toxic solution….
The robot has been 10 years in development.
Dr Dunbabin said he had to wait for technology to catch up to the initial idea.
“It’s only in the last year that we’ve been able to really hit it hard and come up with a solution that we think can really make a difference,” he said.
“We had a great vision system 10 years ago but the problem was the stuff you use to actually kill the starfish wasn’t feasible.”
The old method of killing the COTS required up to 10 injections for each starfish, but James Cook University has continued to develop the single-shot technology.