An outbreak of the poisonous crown-of-thorns
starfish (COTS) has been reported in the sea off several coastal barangays of Malitbog, Southern Leyte.
Runoff from recent floods in northern Australia is flowing onto parts of the Barrier Reef, scientists said Friday, starving coral of light and providing fodder for the predatory crown-of-thorns
starfish (COTS), which is native to Australia, is one of world's largest seastars, measuring up to 1 metre.
According to officials, the two-day campaign saw divers dive deep into the sea to remove the 'Crown-of-Thorns
Star Fish' because the species harms the coral reef.
It feeds on toxic animals such as crown-of-thorns
Frydenberg said the money would be spent on improving water quality, tackling the crown-of-thorns
starfish, and helping develop new species of coral that are more resilient to warmer temperatures.
In recent years, the reef has lost 30% of its coral due to bleaching linked to rising sea temperatures and damage from crown-of-thorns
AT the same stakeholders' forum, dive shop owners expressed fear that funding for their program to battle crown-of-thorns
infestation around Boracay Island will run dry.
It has suffered extensive damage over the past few years, mostly from coral bleaching, crown-of-thorns
starfish infestation, and the effects of climate change.
starfish, a native species whose numbers occasionally grow so out of control they endanger the reef, have been detected on 37 sections of the southerly Swain Reef, more than 60 miles offshore, according to the park authority.
But pests in the ocean are partly responsible for the depletion of the reefs coral cover--the crown-of-thorns
starfish is blamed for 40% of the coral decline.