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Controlling an Outbreak of Crown of Thorns Starfish (COTS)

Uploaded to YouTube by: Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation
Date submitted to Unlisted Videos: 14 February 2017
Date uploaded/published to YouTube: 11 November 2015

Tags: marine biology, marine conservation, conservation, environment, scuba


Dr. Andrew Bruckner, Chief Scientist of the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation, collects Crown of Thorns Starfish (COTS) during an outbreak in the Maldives. An outbreak of these voracious coral predators can decimate a coral reef in a matter of weeks. Our team of scientist was deployed to the Maldives to study the outbreak, remove as many starfish as they could, and teach local dive operators how to safely remove these spiny and poisonous starfish from the reef. At last count the Starfish Control and Removal Program (SCAR) removed over 7,000 of these starfish from reefs in the Maldives.

Learn more about COTS and our SCAR Program on our website: