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Dead coral wall in Moalboal

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samatm

So how did white beach look??? The white beach drop off was Spectacular last year. I saw a few COTs and even went down and dropped a few big Blue starfish on them. Don't know who won that tussle..but the COTs had moved on and the Big Blues were still there the next day. The Moalboal drop off is world class. What ever is causing the decay must be stopped.

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shadow

Those are very interesting theories, but in truth, the problem is with an explosion in the population of crown-of-thorns starfish (COTS). COTS are extremely destructive to coral reefs if they become too dense. They can "bleach" an entire reef. Recently, large populations of COTS have been infesting reefs around the Visayas, and reefs in the Moalboal area are being hit right now. COTS must be removed intact from the water to kill them. If even a piece is left behind, it will grow into a whole new COTS. Unfortunately, their major predators are popular with humans. Pacific Triton Trumpet are collected for their beautiful spiral shells. Harlequin Shrimp are collected for the aquarium industry. Bumphead Wrasse are eaten for food in this area (although eating big bumpheads can be very dangerous due to accumulated toxins in their flesh). People are the COTS' only other enemy, and campaigns have been launched to remove them whenever they become too destructive in a popular area...such as Moalboal. I helped remove thousands of the nasty buggers from the reefs around San Remegio in northern Cebu a couple of years ago. The sharp spines (thorns) have a neurotoxin in them, and I can tell you from personal experience it hurts like Hell if they pierce your skin. You use big salad tongs to pick them up and put them into bags for removal.

 

http://en.wikipedia....thorns_starfish

 

Yes, the crown of thorns is overtaking the reef at Tambobo bay south of Dumaguete also;

 

http://www.visayanda...r/28/negor2.htm

 

 

 

Larry in Dumaguete

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SillAnthony

That's really sad, been to Moalboal for quite a few times now..didn't know something like this was happening.

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Bill H

If some bright person would figure out a way to use COTS for some purpose so they could be purchased from local divers, the problem would disappear quickly. Has anyone looked into that?

 

Regards,

 

Bill

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shadow

If some bright person would figure out a way to use COTS for some purpose so they could be purchased from local divers, the problem would disappear quickly. Has anyone looked into that?

 

Regards,

 

Bill

 

In Siaton the KooKoo's nest resort was paying P3 each for them, some local divers were making thousand of pesos per night collecting them. In a month they had paid out over P200,000, and the COTS kept coming. It's been a month or so now since I have heard how the situation is down there.

 

Larry in Dumaguete

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