Crown of Thorns cleanup

Crown of thorns eating coral

Join us to remove an excessively large population of the coral eating starfish.  This cleanup is immediately after the May 2012 marine conservation course.

Crown of thorns starfish is a natural predator on heathy reefs.  Unfortuately the reefs near Pom Pom Island have been heavily overfished so COTS predators are rare.  We have an unusually high number of juvenile COTS and we want to keep the numbers of cots in check so that we do not get massive epidemics to damage our fragile reefs.

You will dive on some of the best reefs on the planet – we are in the coral triangle.  COTS will be collected mostly during targeted swims at high tide over shallow reefs where juveniles are common. We will pleasure dive and look for sharks during the low tide.  You don’t need to look for turtles, they are very common and you will see nesting and typically over 20 green or hawks bill turtles per dive.

We can offer an excellent rate at the Celebes Beach Resort for COTS cleanup divers.  email us for details.

Crown of Thorns is well protected from many predators by poisonous spines

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